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Hooper believes players like spin wizard Sunil Narine (l) will always be lured by the temptations of the IPL. -Photo by AP

Former West Indies captain Carl Hooper has urged cricket authorities in the Caribbean to urgently address the issue of central contracts if it is to truly reap the benefits of the resurgence that Darren Sammy’s men have sparked by winning the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Hooper, who played more than 100 tests and was part of the West Indies' last golden age 25 years ago, believes top players like Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine who are currently not contracted will always be tempted by lucrative offers from the Indian Premier League (IPL), unless the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) can figure out a solution to stave off this “threat”.

“The spectators want to see the best players. If I looked up and saw no Gayle or key players named to play I would just say forget about it, stay home,” Hooper told The Advertiser.

“They have to figure out a way to get our key players contracted.”

The World T20 in Sri Lanka saw the full-force of the West Indian side, something which was missing in the last couple of Test series Sammy’s men have played in.

Superstar opener Gayle, spin wizard Sunil Narine and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo were all unavailable for the Tests against Australia in April and England in May/June due to IPL duties.

The West Indies lost both the series with Narine declining to debut earlier in favour of an inaugural $700,000 2012 season with Kolkata Knight-Riders frachise.

The situation could have been averted if the Board had realised what was at stake, according to Hooper.

“If Narine has a central contract that would mean he would have to play for the West Indies,” Hooper added.

“One of the biggest threats facing cricket is the IPL.”

Hooper believed the Windies finally had the talent to become a force on the world stage after two decades of gloom, provided the big stars were available to ride with the rookies.

“We want to have our best cricketers playing each and every time we take the park. If you have a solid base in Test cricket you can adjust your game to suit any other format.”

Updated Oct 12, 2012 11:56am

Comments (19) (Closed)


Smartypants
Oct 14, 2012 06:37am
Ravindra, you should not be sorry the Pak establishment should be. If they responded like civilized beings by handing over Mumbai carnage architects for trial to India, Pak players would be more palatable, even welcome.
AMIT
Oct 12, 2012 02:30pm
Mr. carl hooper why its take 33 years to west indies to win world cup? what happend in 1996 will world cup agaisnt kenya? carl hooper you were a part of the team which badly lost against minow KENYA. and what happend in 2007 world cup ? west indies failed to qualify for semi final it was played on your home soil?
OBSERVER
Oct 12, 2012 02:06pm
MR HOOPER , IT S NOT A THREAT TO CRICKET, IT IS A CHALLANGE FOR CRICKET PEARSONALITIES LIKE U WHO R CLAIMING TO B SURVIVER OF CRICKET. IT S CHALLANGING U TO FIND MORE TALENTS OR GIVE CHANCE TO THE NEW COMERS AND TRAIN THEM. TRY TO THINK POSITIVE FOR NEW COMERS EVENIF U HAVE TO WORK LIIITTLLE HARD.
Dani Sc
Oct 12, 2012 04:01pm
“One of the biggest threats facing cricket is the INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE.” - I completely agree with Carl Hooper.
Ravindra sanap
Oct 13, 2012 09:47am
Sorry for pakistani players not allowed to play in IPL.
Cool Monk
Oct 12, 2012 11:51pm
Look who's talking. Gayle and Narine got into the WI team BECAUSE of IPL - and now IPL is a "threat". Foolish comments by Carl Hooper.
ammariftikhar
Oct 12, 2012 02:09pm
“One of the biggest threats facing cricket is the INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE.” AND THIS IS THE BITTER TRUTH!
AMIT
Oct 12, 2012 02:25pm
look who is talking somebody tell carl hooper that west indies cricket board sacked CHRIS GAYLE , IPL gave him platform to show his batting talent. everyone knows CHRIS GAYLE got back inti west indies team because of IPL.SAMUEL,DWAYNE BRAVO,NARINE SUNIL played in IPL . and these players are the one who played a crucial role in winnning a t20 world cup 2012 tittle for west indies.check the fact before talk.
Ian
Oct 12, 2012 09:23pm
The aim of central contract is to encourage cricketers to be more dedicated towards their craftsmanship and improve, not to lasso them in. If it prevents a cricketer from potential pay day, then the purpose is defeated. Let’s not be hypocrite – professional cricketers want to maximize their earnings like everyone else. Trying to deny it is causing all sorts of issues between players and boards around the world. I think central contracts can be a little flexible but before that ICC has to allow some sort of a window for IPL provided it’s shortened. Carl, if you had an offer north of half a million dollars would you have skipped a test here and an ODI there?
Ashraf Hussain
Oct 13, 2012 03:39am
Due to IPL cricket no more a game it's become commercial activty and 20-20 is not atrue cricket. it defame play of cricket. in future 10-10 become poular ,it is just activity for fixing the match by involving player umpire, ground man and team official. by involing show business person int the mangement of team cricket become stage show not a play
AMIT
Oct 12, 2012 02:35pm
check the batting records of your SO CALLED batting maestro BRIAN LARA in india. its below 25 . he hardly hit a single century agaist india. indian bowling attack whom cricket world consider a ordinary.so STOP BLAME GAME ENJOY YOUR VICTORY. even TEXAS BILLIONAIRE started t20 tournament in west indies but couldnt get popularity but when IPL become so popular the you people start whinning.
Mohsin Khan
Oct 13, 2012 12:39pm
Hi..no hard feelings...but if somebody (fan of sachin) like me says about sachin the same thing you said about Great lara...then whole india will start abusing the person. This in not the way to comment on these players like you did. Be a gentleman analyst, not a biased one! Thanks
ROCO
Oct 13, 2012 12:18am
RETIRED CRICKETERS ALWAYS JEALOUS ABOUT IPL LOOKS THEY LOST CHANCE TO EARN MONEY???? 2 MONTHS IPL IS THREAT TO CRICKET RUBBISH?????
peddarowdy
Oct 13, 2012 10:29am
How is it ruining Cricket? Please tell us.. Is it forcing players to play in them? Why does Afridi and Co. want to play in them?
Razzaq
Oct 12, 2012 05:13pm
I agree with this gentleman and delightful cricketer of the past.
Sportsfan
Oct 12, 2012 04:59pm
Sure. Mr. Hooper .. where are you going to get the money to compensate these players with market rates ? Accept it .. cricketers are professionals, yes, World Cup title is good to have, but the cup does not pay the bills. Cricketers, like all athletes have a short span in which to make the most for themselves and their families and they deserve it. It is only the IPL and the Indian TV market which is making this possible for cricketers around the world ... and that includes every cricket playing nation. Let them earn the best they can .. or alternatively develop a competing West Indies T20 league which can pay them equally well. If not .. Shut the hell up.
Nadeem
Oct 12, 2012 03:54pm
At least someone is speaking the truth instead of hiding behind the political correctness. IPL is ruining cricket and cricketers, ICC doesn't have spine to even bring this to the table. What a shame.
peddarowdy
Oct 12, 2012 05:41pm
So Srilankan Premier League is OK, but IPL bad. Big bash is OK, but IPL bad. Any league is fine, as long as its not Indian? Is this because Pakistanis are not allowed in IPL?
Hrleen
Oct 12, 2012 12:36pm
When these crickters retire, they star thinking about their countries. They want harshest of the discipline. I wonder if Hooper missed a chance to make money. It is IPL that make T20 what it is today. Detractors inlcude whinners and loosers.