“I could sit down here and safely say I’ve passed up a lot of money to play for West Indies. I could have been a lot more well off than I am. I consider myself really blessed because I’ve made a lot of money in my life for a guy my age … but I probably could have made a lot more but I’ve always had that desire to play for West Indies. “Coming up there was never T20 cricket so the only way to make your mark was to play international cricket. I would honestly say I don’t know if I would make the same decisions if I was older at that stage. “I always sympathise with the guy who’s at the middle stages of their careers. I played for West Indies when I was 21, I played first-class cricket when I was 17 years old. Those two things don’t happen very often. “I had age on my side: whereas a guy might come into (the) West Indies (team) at 28 or 27. He’s got different scenario in front of him so I can’t be upset with a guy who wants to run around the world at 28 years old with an insecure future with West Indies cricket and miss out on an opportunity to make a living for himself on the circuit.
“My disappointment, however, comes when players like myself give up so much to commit to West Indies cricket and then West Indies cricket isn’t as accommodating as they possibly can.
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