Hetmyer must take some responsibility - mercurial talent partly at fault for missing out on CWI retainer

By Mariah Ramharack May 09, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At his best, the fluid stroke play of Shimron Hetmyer typifies everything we love about West Indies cricket, but should any of us truly be surprised that he has not been offered an international retainer contract?

If the contracts were offered on talent alone then Hetmyer would always be close to the front of the line-up.  When it comes to recent performances, however, things are not so clear-cut. 

In Test cricket, where he has not played for the team since 2019, he averages 27.93 having played 16 matches.  In One Day International cricket, where he last played in January of last year, he averages 36.66.  In T20 international cricket, he averages 18.95 with a strike rate of 116.97.

A quick analysis of the above will tell you that except for T20I cricket, where he last played in November, Hetmyer will have missed the majority of Test and ODI matches the team played over the last year.  In addition, during the period, the player has failed not one, but two fitness tests.  The first ahead of the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka last year and the second this year when Sri Lanka toured the Caribbean.

 In both cases, he missed out on selection due to falling below a well-established fitness requirement.  As such, with all that has been stated above, it is not hard to imagine Cricket West Indies deciding the player has not done enough to merit a retainer.  He must surely take some responsibility, in at least some respects, for the way he is grooming and developing his own talent.  

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