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Sir Viv hits out at WICB

OPINIONS: Sir Viv Richards and as the ‘Master Blaster’

SIR VIVIAN Richards has hit out at the West Indies’ administrators and accused them of doing a “lousy job.”

Speaking to respected cricket website, espncricinfo.com, the man that was dubbed the ‘Master Blaster’ during his glittering career expressed concern as to why some of the region’s star players have turned their back on representing the islands.

In recent times a number of high profile Caribbean players have declined central contracts from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), leaving the national side bereft of star quality.

Now Richards, a former West Indies captain, has laid into tye sport’s hierarchy and blamed the "arrogance of administrators" involved in West Indies cricket for the failure to ensure the best players in the region remain available for international duty.

He added that the WICB have done a "lousy job" in creating an environment where players feel treasured by the national set-up. "When you have an arrogant administrative unit, guys are going to pick and choose.”

Richards - the only West Indies captain never to lose a Test series - added: "Some of these administrators think they are as important as the players on the field. They are not. It is all about the attraction of the environment that the players on the field would have created for them to be in an administrative position.

"The players have done their bit in terms of their representation,” who played 121 times for the West Indies.

“We lost a series in the UAE recently [in 2016 against Pakistan], now we have lost the T20 series in West Indies to Pakistan. All this after winning the last World T20. That sends a message in my opinion that all is not well with all the players who are representing West Indies at this stage."

Having failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy in June, West Indies are currently lying ninth in the ODI rankings and face the prospect of missing out on direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

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