Former West Indies captain Carl Hooper slammed the senior players of the side who do not make themselves available for the national team, saying it's a "shame" after the tourists lost by five-wickets to India in the first T20 international here on Sunday.
The likes of Chris Gayle declined to make himself available for selection ahead of the ODI series while dashing opener Evin Lewis cited personal reasons for not being part of the team.
"It's a shame that some players are not interested in playing for the West Indies. I don't know why they are not interested to play for the team, but it's clear that they are not interested," Hooper told reporters on the sidelines of the first T20I where the Windies were restricted to 109/8 after being asked to bat first.
The tourists had also lost the test series 2-0 and the one-dayers 3-1.
"This is a young squad and these players need time. Had the senior players been here, it would not have been this easy for India," he added.
According to Hooper, consistency is the main problem of the current West Indies team. "Some days we are playing well, some days we are not performing according to the situation. We need to be consistent," Hooper opined.
Hopper signed off by saying that there is no dearth of talent in the Caribbean, but they need to be nurtured well.
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