Former Windies skipper Carl Hooper has admitted that it is a shame that top players from the Caribbeans are not keen to play for their country.

Meanwhile, Windies, who are without their star players lost the opening T20I by five wickets at Eden Gardens. The players are missing in action either because of injuries or ‘personal problems’ in the wake of the long-standing feud with their cricket board.

It’s clear that they are not interested in playing for the West Indies. It’s a shame,” Carl Hooper said.

The Carlos Brathwaite-led Windies team featured three debutants, including Fabian Allen, in the match against India. Allen was their top-scorer with 27 runs in a weak batting display as they posted 109 for 8. However, Hooper feels this is a young side, and they will require time to settle in.

Carl Hooper, MS Dhoni, 2019 World Cup
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It would not have been this easy for India if our seniors played. This is a young squad, and they need time,” Carl Hooper added.

Windies have been inconsistent this year, winning only twice from eight matches. In their last series held in the United States, the Windies lost 1-2 to Bangladesh in July-August.

Previously, Pakistan whitewashed them 3-0 in a T20I series before beating ICC World XI in a one-off T20I in England. Carl Hooper feels the side has to be consistent and also urged Cricket Windies to adopt reasonable policies.
We need to be consistent. Some days we are playing well, some days we are not performing according to the situation. We have the talent, but they need to be nurtured well. Cricket West Indies needs to adopt good policies,” Carl Hooper concluded.