West Indies Central Contract 2023-24; Holder, Mayers, Pooran decline

West Indies cricket team(Image: ICC)
West Indies cricket team(Image: ICC)

West Indies Central Contract 2023-24: Cricket West Indies announces the list of centrally contracted players which includes a total of 14 men and 15 women cricketers.

West Indies Central Contract 2023-24

West Indies Central Contract 2023-24: Among the male cricketers, four have been offered central contracts for the first time – Gudakesh Motie, Keacy Carty, Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Alick Athanaze.

On the other hand, female cricketers Zaida James and Sheneta Grimmond have been offered central contracts for the first time.

Notably, West Indies cricketers Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers and Nicholas Pooran declined central contracts but will be available to play Twenty20 Internationals in the 2023-24 season.

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran(Image: CWI)

West Indies Men

Alick Athanaze, Kraigg Brathwaite, Keacy Carty, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Joshua Da Silva, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd

West Indies Women

Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Jannillea Glasgow, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Zaida James, Mandy Mangru, Hayley Matthews, Karishma Ramharack, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams

“With a busy year of cricket ahead, in all three formats, we have held several detailed discussions with the two Head Coaches on the brand of cricket they want to play. We are very clear in the direction we want to go.

The players who have been offered contracts are among those who we expect to feature, as we look to build towards challenging for the top spot when we host and compete in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 on home soil,” said Desmond Haynes, the men’s chief selector.

“We also have away Test Series in Australia and England – these are two major assignments whilst in the 50-over format we look to build a nucleus of players aimed towards the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2027,” he added.

Speaking about the women’s central contracts, women’s chief selector Ann Browne-John said: “The selectors have identified a cadre of players who we believe can drive West Indies cricket forward. We have emphasized the development of the younger players, which we view as pivotal in the pathway to the international level.

We have several high-profile bilateral series and major global events on the horizon and with this in mind, we want to have our players prepared and ready for every occasion.”

West Indies cricket team currently hosts England Men’s to play 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is between December 3 to 21. West Indies who won the ODI series by 2-1 will face England to play the 1st T20I game of the England tour of West Indies 2023 on December 12 at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.