Playing for your country is a matter of pride no matter which sport you play. Athletes dream to represent their country and bring laurels to their nation. Cricket is no exception. Cricketers take a lot of pride in winning trophies for their country. However, with so much franchise cricket being played, the scenario has changed in the last decade. Players have a lot of options to choose from. They have much more financial security than few years back. Trent Boult, New Zealand pacer, decided to leave out his central contract and play T20 leagues.
West Indies players have mastered the T20 format. They are in huge demand all over the world for the ability they have in the shortest format. However, this has come to a point where established Caribbean cricketers are opting out of international cricket. This is frustrating for West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons, who stated that he won’t ‘beg’ players to play in the T20 World Cup.
Clearly, this statement was targeted at Andre Russell. Russell reacted immediately on Instagram to this comment but deleted it later. In an interview with Darren Sammy, he admitted that he wants to play more international cricket and win a World Cup or two for his nation. However, he wants to start that process by managing his calendar year.
“The Maroon Is All Over” – Russell
“I’m going to be quiet, because at the end of the day, we had a discussion, and the discussion was very clear,” Russell responded. “So now, making me look bad, throwing me under the bus… I was expecting it. I’m going to stay quiet, Daren, to be honest.
Of course, of course. The maroon is all over,” he said. “Honestly, I have two franchise hundreds and I wish those hundreds were actually playing for West Indies. I don’t regret saying this just now. I really enjoyed playing for Jamaica Tallawahs but those two hundreds, it would be more special coming in international cricket.
I always want to play and give back. But, at the end of the day, if we are not agreeing on certain terms, you terms is my terms [sic], and they have to respect my terms as well. At the end of the day, it is what it is. We have families and we have to make sure that we give our best opportunity while we have one career.”