ST JOHN'S (AFP) - The West Indies Players' Association has accused the West Indies Cricket Board of failing to be transparent with the selection of teams for the opening matches of Pakistan's tour of the Caribbean, in a media release late on Saturday. This follows the exclusion of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, and Ramnaresh Sarwan from the West Indies team for the Twenty20 International on Thursday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, as well as the first two One-day Internationals on Saturday, April 23, and Monday, April 25, at the same ground. "While WIPA is clear that teams should be picked on performance, potential, playing conditions, and preparedness, it is concerned that there may be an appearance that there were other unknown factors being taken into account," said WIPA in the media release. "If so, all players should be aware of what those other factors are." The exclusion of Chanderpaul, Gayle, and Sarwan, who have a combined experience of 303 Tests, 662 One-day Internationals, and 60 Twenty20 Internationals, has prompted typical widespread condemnation in the Caribbean of the WICB, its selectors, and its selection policy. It has also led to speculation that the days of the three former captains under the maroon cap are numbered. But Chief Executive Officer of the WICB Ernest Hilaire said last week that reports of the senior players being dropped permanently have been greatly exaggerated. He said that the WICB, under their new selection policy, intended to give as many untried players as possible exposure in international limited-overs matches in the next two years. The ultimate goal was to win both the 2014 World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup, but WIPA was not impressed. "While WIPA wants to see that young players with potential are incorporated into the team and blooded, this should not be at the expense of the overall team performance or of the obligation owed to the players to deal with them fairly and justly," the media release said. The three players scored a combined 439 runs at an average of 31.35 in the recent World Cup in Asia, where West Indies crashed out at the quarter-final stage. Gayle and Chanderpaul have not scored an ODI hundred in the last two years, and Sarwan has scored one in the last five years - against ICC Associate nation Ireland in April last year. The players' association concluded its media release by suggesting that the three players would now pursue playing options outside of the Caribbean. "In light of this, WIPA now hopes that there will be no impediment to the three senior players mentioned, or any other players seeking other options to earn a living or demonstrate their continued mastery of the game," the media release said. Upcoming West Indian batsman, Lendl Simmons, who has earned a recall in the national team for the series against Pakistan, is hopeful of making a real impact in the series and stamping his class on the international scene. The youngster, who is the nephew of former West Indian batsman and occasional medium pacer, Phil Simmons, stated that he has become mentally stronger" cricketer from the one, who last played for West Indies in 2010. He added that the series provides an ideal opportunity for him to showcase his talents and cement a spot in the young batting line-up that is entering the series without the much vaunted trio of Chris Gayle, Shiv Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan. Simmons was hailed as a real prospect, who could serve the team for many years yet he has not been able to perform with any degree of consistency at the highest level especially when the situation became tough. Now he feels that he has matured a great deal and knew what the requirements at the big level were. "I see myself as a more mature player and I'm putting a lot more thought into my preparation for games and when I go onto the field of play as well. Simmons was first selected for the West Indies in 2006 making his One Day International (ODI) debut, from there onwards he was the star performer for his country in the World Twenty20 in England in 2009. In that event he ended up with a tally of 150 runs at 30.00 and taking six wickets, the West Indians made it to the semi-finals where they were drubbed by Sri Lanka. However, Simmonss graph dipped badly from there. He had a barren run in an ODI series in Australia in February 2010 where he managed just 50 runs in five One-dayers. His highest score was 29 and the selectors had little faith left in him. As a result of the barren run he was axed from the team and spent time on the side-lines aiming to regain his touch and make a comeback for the West Indian team. Besides Simmons the West Indian selection panel has inducted many youngsters for the first three matches of the Pakistan series. The contest gets underway with a one-off T-20 match on the April 21, 2011. After that the two teams would be locked in a five match ODI series, thus far, the squad has been announced for the first two games. Simmons would be expected to take the brunt of the batting along with Devon Smith, Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards. Simmons told the West Indian media that he was desperate to make an impression and wanted to make full use of his talent and the maturity that he has acquired over the years by regularly playing first class cricket. "It feels really great to be back in the West Indies team set-up and among the players again as we look forward to facing Pakistan. I was away for a year and in that period I had a lot of time to reflect and analyze my game. I am happy to be back and I believe I am mentally stronger". On the other hand, the Pakistanis have also inducted many youngsters in the team. The changes have been made with an eye on the next World Cup set to be played in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. As such the series is set to provide enthralling cricket between the two evenly matched teams.