Cricket commentator and former national cricketer, Tom Lafond, has expressed serious concerns over the ommission of Kavem Hodge from the Winward Islands 2011 and 2012 cricket team and said that the Windward Island selectors appear to have a history of marginalizing Dominican players.
During a broadcast of the Leeward Island Guyana Regional match, Lafond said there were serious concerns about the vision, objective, and strategy of Windward Island selectors.
He said after Hodge returned from the Under Nineteen (19) West Indies tour of India he should have been selected as a permanent fixture on the Windward Island team because during that tour Hodge achieved the second highest aggregate score of the series, second only to Craig Brathwaite who went to make the senior West Indies Team.
“Kavem Hodge is the future of Windward Islands and West Indies, and all of us in the Windward Islands should develop a strategy to prepare him for West Indies and the first step begins with making him a permanent part of the Windward Islands team,” Lafond pointed out.
Lafond went on to say that Hodge scored a century in Australia against sensational teen fast bowler Pat Cummins, who is now a member of the Australian Team. “Craig Brathwaite is on the Barbados national team, Why is not Kavem Hodge on Windward Islands Team?” he queries.
According to Lafond during the Windward Island’s last match against Jamaica, all of the batsmen failed to perform except Andre Fletcher. “So why is Kavem Hodge, who is already an Under Nineteen successful West Indies Cricketer, being left out of the team?” he asked.
Lafond concluded, “Let’s hope that Windward Island selectors take a closer look at the current players and recognize that Kavem Hodge together with players like Johnson Charles, Gary Mathurine and Shane Shillingford are the future of Windward Islands Cricket and include them permanently on the Windward Islands team. Kavem has already demonstrated that he has what it takes to excel at the International level and has been playing more international cricket than the majority of the players on the team.”