The task force set up to probe the premature abandonment of the tour of India by the West Indies One-Day cricket team in October has overstepped the crease and bowled an illegal delivery.
That’s the view of Queen’s Counsel and legal representative Ralph Thorne for the majority of those striking West Indies cricketers.
On Sunday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) circulated the report and recommendations of the task force, headed by Michael Gordon QC and including prominent Barbadians Sir Wesley Hall and Sir Richard Cheltenham QC.
But Thorne said he believed the task force had gone beyond the boundary with a hasty investigation and report that was completed in about a month’s time.
The Task Force found that all parties were at fault.
It specifically mentions that the WICB and the West Indies Players Association had “erred significantly” in their administration of the new Memorandum of Understanding but that the players must shoulder responsibility as well.
The WICB has said it is studying the report and will make an announcement in due course.
Meanwhile West Indies chief selector Clive Lloyd believes the Caribbean side can overcome their shortage of preparation and excel in the three-Test series against World No.1 South Africa.
The legendary former West Indies captain, who has lamented the lone warm-up match on the tour, said he hoped the younger players, especially grasped the opportunity presented and capitalised on it.
The West Indies suffered two major blows to their batting prior to the tour, with veteran opener Chris Gayle and high-class top order batsman Darren Bravo both opting out for varying reasons.
Devon Smith, who has played 33 Tests in an inconsistent career, was called up to replace Gayle while another left-hander Assad Fudadin, with three Tests to his name, replaced Bravo.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old Kraigg Brathwaite, though slowly cementing himself as the side’s opener, is touring South Africa for the first time while Leon Johnson and Jermaine Blackwood have played only four Tests between them.
However, Lloyd said playing against Test cricket’s top side should provide enough motivation for the unproven players to perform.
The West Indies face the Proteas in the first Test starting tomorrow Wednesday (4.30 am TT and Eastern Caribbean time 0at SuperSport Park.