Kirk Edwards loses Barbados captaincy and then his place

This time last week Kirk Edwards was the Barbados skipper. He then found out he’d been stripped of his nation’s captaincy and today was withdrawn from the Barbados team for the NAGICO Super50 tournament which gets underway on Sunday.

The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) made the decision to leave Edwards out of the team on Saturday and have not called up a replacement.

In an interview last week with Barbados TODAY, the talented West Indies middle-order batsman made it known that he was unaware of the reasons for his replacement.

“Nobody even contacted me to tell me anything about it,” he stressed, adding that he only learnt about his replacement from friends who found out through the media.

Edwards had led Barbados to victory in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Four-Day Tournament last season.

Rumours are circulating that Edwards had met with the BCA board to discuss off-field matters, but Edwards himself is adamant no such meeting has taken place and is not aware of any off-field incident that would necessitate dialogue with the board.

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“I am not aware of anything, I was not reported for anything, I was not called for a hearing about anything”, he asserted. “If I did something and it was reported I think that I should have been called in for a meeting, but I wasn’t called in for anything that I did last year – nothing like this, so I am not aware.”

“Right now I am in no position to speak about it because I don’t even know why and I think a lot of other people would like to know why but nobody is saying anything”, he continued. “I thought that if I did something they would come out and say why, so I don’t know why.”

Edwards, who was first spotted as a promising 15-year-old by former West Indies opener and then selector Desmond Haynes, has played 12 Test matches and 11 One-Day Internationals. He has captained the West Indies A team, has served previously as vice-captain of the West Indies senior squad, and is seen in many quarters as a future West Indies captain.

Stressing his commitment to Barbados and West Indies cricket, the 29-year-old was adamant that he would not allow the BCA board’s decision stop him from representing Barbados with “heart like I always do”.

It would seem that opportunity is being denied him also.

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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