''The Board has given us that responsibility of rating the players, which we are looking at now and then we will give them that information and they will decide how many players will go on retainer contracts and choose them according to our ratings,'' Joey Carew, convenor of selectors was quoted as saying by ''Trinidad Express''.
Carew however said the WICB will have the final word on the total number of players to be retained.
''We have come up with 16 or 17 names and maybe from that the Board will tell us how many they want to be retained. I think it is imminent. They have a meeting this (last) weekend and I think sometime in the very near future we will know how many they want to contract,'' he said.
Earlier, WICB president Ken Gordon had said the Board and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) had settled a long-standing issue on retainer contracts for players, indicating that eight to 12 players were to be contracted.