Rajkot: Former West Indies all-rounder Carl Hooper says the lure of bagging an IPL contract has hurt the Caribbean outfit in Test cricket as most talented youngsters' "ultimate goal" is to play in the cash-rich T20 league.

The past disputes between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board are well-documented and the IPL has contributed to the team's travails in the longest format, feels Hooper.

The veteran of 102 Tests and 10,000-plus international runs is back in India after 16 years to commentate on the two-Test series.

"We should have seen this coming (IPL impact on West Indies cricket). T20 cricket is here to stay. You got more leagues in play than what it was five years ago. It is going to affect us because, for most young West Indies players, the ultimate aim is signing a contract with an IPL side," he said.

"So it would have a bearing on his availability for West Indies cricket including Tests," Hooper, who now runs a chain of restaurants at his adopted home Adelaide, told PTI.

Owing to pay disputes and with the option of playing T20 leagues around the world, the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Sunil Narine preferred playing the shorter formats.

"The IPL is just a six-week window but we have had situations where we have had someone like Sunil Narine, who picked up six wickets in his last Test (in 2013), has not played for us again. Same goes for Gayle and Kieron Pollard.

"I am not saying they were finished products in the longest format but at 26-27, let's say if Pollard played Test cricket, who knows he could have developed as a good Test cricketer.

"But he stuck to the shorter formats. So we are missing players. Evin Lewis just decided to push back on a central contract. He is good enough to play Test cricket. So the shorter versions of the game curtail our progress. Having said that, it would be unfair to blame the players for making the choice (of playing IPL). We all want to be financially secure at the end of the day," said the 51-year-old from Guyana.

Hooper cited another example which could hurt the Test team.

"Someone like a ShimronHetmyer, who has had very good CPL, is highly rated. Now he can be picked up in the IPL next season and I would hate to lose him to the IPL."