Bowling legend Michael Holding has blamed cricket administrators and coach Ottis Gibson for the poor state of West Indies cricket.
"We have a chief executive, Ernest Hilaire, who thinks he owns West Indies cricket. He has the wrong attitude. He's very arrogant. He thinks he is always right and he doesn't listen to anyone," Holding told the Daily Mail.
"Ottis Gibson needs to understand that the West Indies cricket team is not a boot camp. He needs to learn how to man-manage," he said.
At present, some of the performers like Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor are not part of the current squad touring England.
For some of them, the lure of the IPL money has proved too great.
Holding said there's little the West Indies Cricket Board can do - although he would like to see more players make compromises, as Marlon Samuels has done by giving up half his contract with the Pune Warriors to play in the Tests.
ut it is the ongoing failure of the administrators to make peace with their star players, whom they view as troublemakers, and what Holding regards as the dictatorial methods of Gibson.
"A lot of the senior players who should be playing in England have a very bad relationship with the board. They are unhappy with the treatment that has been meted out to them. It's about time the board realised that the people they are dealing with are human beings - they are not commodities. They need respect. They need to be treated properly," Holding said.
Gayle, the most talented of the absentees, remains hopeful of playing in the one-day series that follows the Tests. (ANI)