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The West Indies and England connection that has long played a critical role in the development of many of this region’s best international cricketers may be in jeopardy.

And a member of the Barbados Cricket Association has lashed out at “powerful” organisations like Cricket West Indies, which he accused of remaining silent in the face of the developing issue.

According to Winston Stafford, the issue surrounds new “rigid criteria” that he called “managing migration” which was “insidiously” introduced by the Home Office in 2006. However, it was only implemented from 2012.

Stafford explained that because of the stringent regulation some young, talented Barbadian cricketers who may have represented their school in Under-17 cricket might soon lose out on the experience of developing their game in the United Kingdom. This is because under the regulation they would be classified as “in the pathway to international/professional cricket” and therefore cannot play cricket as an amateur. (SDB Media)

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