‘A malicious attack on the credibility of captain Kieron Pollard’ – CWI dismisses talk of rift in the team amid voice note controversy
CWI president Ricky Skerritt issued a clarification regarding the viral voice notes suggesting an alleged rift in the team.
Updated - Jan 28, 2022 5:35 pm
Cricket West Indies (CWI) has dismissed any rift among the teammates after alleged voice notes of discord between Carribbean players went viral. The CWI termed the voice notes as a malicious attack on the credibility of West Indies captain Kieron Pollard. The voice notes were circulated on social media and the same became a matter of controversy.
CWI added that there was a mischievous attempt to show that there was a discord between Pollard and other team members. In an official statement released by CWI, the board mentioned that there is no rift between the team members.
“Contrary to the unsubstantiated statements, containing unfounded and mischievous allegations, CWI is satisfied that there is no discord between the Team Captain and any member of the West Indies team,” stated an official statement.
CWI President Ricky Skerritt said that it was an attempt to damage the image of the West Indies team. The Men in Maroon are currently playing a five-match T20I series against England and are leading the series by a margin of 2-1. Skerritt further said the voice note was an attempt to show that there was a division in the team.
Here’s CWI’s statement:
CWI statement on allegations against West Indies Team | Full Statement – https://t.co/ertmQW65VT
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This clear attempt by well-known mischief makers: CWI President
“I view this as a malicious attack on the credibility of the West Indies Captain, designed to sow division within our team that has just recorded three very impressive T20I performances against very strong opponents, including two outstanding wins and one heroic comeback to get within one run of victory,” Skerritt said in the official statement.
“This clear attempt by well-known mischief makers to discredit the Captain and to derail the Team`s momentum in the ongoing T20I Series should not be tolerated or encouraged,” he added.
Meanwhile, West Indies are scheduled to play two more T20Is against England on January 30 and 31. After the completion of the series against England, the team will fly to India to play three ODIs and as many T20Is, starting from January 6. All the ODIs will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad and the T20Is will be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The first T20I of the series will be played on February 16 and the last T20I will be played on February 20.