Fidel Edwards is at his last tether.
In fact, so frustrated is he with the treatment he has been receiving, especially at the national level, that he is considering retiring from first-class cricket.
In an exclusive interview with Barbados TODAYthis afternoon after being denied entry into the Barbados players’ pavilion at Kensington Oval this morning by the Barbados Cricket Association’s senior official involved in the recent Desmond Haynes controversy, Edwards said he was available to play for both Barbados and the West Indies but was being treated shabbily for reasons unknown to him.
“I want to play for Barbados. That is the only way I would get to play for the West Indies. I got dropped from the West Indies side for apparently no reason.
“The last game I played for Barbados I took five wickets. The last time I played for the West Indies I took six, but still no play. This is two years I haven’t played for Barbados and going on two that I haven’t played for the West Indies. Right now I am so frustrated I am actually thinking about retiring from four-day cricket because if I don’t play for Barbados this year in four-day cricket and the West Indies [selectors] don’t see me I won’t get a play and I am not getting any younger. I feel like I am getting push out again,” he said.
Edwards said the vibe from the Barbados selectors was that the fast bowlers would be rotated but it seemed that he was not part of that rotation.
“The selectors got this thing about who they want to play and they telling me all kinds of things. But this is the fourth round and we playing six rounds of cricket. If we playing six rounds of cricket and you say that they rotating the fast bowlers but yet still everybody get a play and still I am not playing. Jason [Holder] came in; Miguel [Cummins] was out; Tino [Best] is back out; Miguel is back in; and I am still out. So I really don’t know what is going on,” Edwards said.
He added: “Trust me, this here really got me bothered. I’ve been through a lot with the Barbados team. I’ve been through getting passed over for no reason and it really got me good – that is the truth.”
Edwards told Barbados TODAY he had been playing cricket in Trinidad and Tobago for Queen’s Park Club to maintain his match fitness and had spoken to the selectors before leaving Barbados. He noted that he had spoken to selector Hendy Wallace after each game he played in the twin-island republic and was basically waiting on word from the selectors. He said the selectors seemed to have concerns about his fitness, explaining that before the Barbados team went to St Lucia for the first game Wallace told him that they [selectors] spoke to physio Jacqui King and they were concerned about his workload and were going to rest him for the first two rounds.
The fast-bowler noted that after that, he was told his services were not required for Barbados’ second game but to continue training.
“And that is precisely what I did,” he said.
His situation, though took an embarrassing turn today when he attempted to enter the players’ pavilion to seek physiotherapy.
“I went through the main gate to the players’ pavilion and when I got through the gate Roxanne came out and told me that I am not a part of this squad and I am not allowed up there. I was going up there because I wanted therapy.
“It wasn’t the first time that I came back from any place and I wasn’t a part of the team and I went there by the players’ pavilion. This was the first time that I actually got stopped and told I wasn’t a part of the squad and couldn’t use the facilities,” Edwards’ lamented.
Edwards said he subsequently spoke to the Barbados cricket manager about the incident and asked him if he wasn’t a part of the Barbados squad and he said that he wasn’t.
“I actually wasn’t in the mood anymore and I left the facility,” he said, audibly aggrieved.
Edwards, 32, has played 55 Tests and captured 165 wickets. He has also played 85 first-class matches, taking 262 wickets. He made his Barbados debut in 2001.