Outspoken Cricket West Indies (CWI) director Conde Riley has claimed Windies captain Jason Holder pleaded with the then newly-appointed Ricky-Skerrit association not to change the regional team’s coaching staff ahead of the ICC World Cup.

The administration has come in for some heavy criticism in some quarters after the new president sacked interim coach Richard Pybus and the selection panel only weeks ahead of the tournament. 

The move had proven to be particularly controversial as the team had put in a strong performance against England in an ODI tour of the Caribbean only a few weeks prior. Despite being president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and a director of the CWI, Riley, who warned against the move, was understandably among the critics.

“We ain’t win a match after the opening game against Pakistan because they fired everybody. Jason Holder, the captain, begged him not to do it, I begged him not to do it. I am hurt,” Riley told the Barbados Nation News.

“I am angry. I said, what they did was wrong to fire every selector. We just beat England and they fired everybody. The ‘A’ team lick up, the ‘B’ team lick up, and the dressing room is in disarray. I say what I have to say, the BCA board of management can vote me out. I am a life member, but I can’t see something that is wrong and say that it is right.”

 

Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran and Oshane Thomas have been awarded central contracts by Cricket West Indies who have increased the number of all-format contracts awarded to West Indies men and also expanded the list of centrally-contracted West Indies women’s players for the 2019-20 season.

However, no new contracts were offered to Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, and Raymon Reifer.

The number of all-format contracts on the men’s side has now increased from four to seven with Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul joining Test and One-Day International captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach on the list.

Nineteen men have been retained for the upcoming contract year which runs from July 1 this year to June 30 next year, including first-timers Allen, Pooran and Thomas, all members of the West Indies squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales, along with left-handed opener John Campbell.

Fifteen women – an increase of three – have also earned central contracts to run for the same period, including veteran all-rounder Stacy-Ann King, fellow left-hander Kycia Knight and newcomers Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean and Karishma Ramharack.

“We believe the 2019-20 contract list provides us with a multi-talented group of players who can represent West Indies men and women across all formats over the contract period,” said interim Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, Robert Haynes.

“We believe the mix of players selected are important for the development of our teams going forward and we have looked to award contracts to players who have shown commitment and performance during the past year.”

Contracts were offered to players who have achieved consistent performances for the West Indies throughout the evaluation period of April 1 last year to March 31 this year, and players who the Selection Panel believes will feature in the squads for all matches in the respective formats over the next contract year.

CWI Board policy allows up to 22 contracts to be offered each contract year to West Indies men’s players, so the Selection Panel may decide to offer additional central contracts throughout the year.

CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams said verbal offers had been made to all players, and contracts will be issued in the next few weeks, as soon as CWI has concluded a new four-year Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Players Association.

“To assist in our drive of towards a new fitness and conditioning culture, the CWI board of directors has approved our recommendation that the award of all new West Indies men’s contracts this year will be conditional on each player achieving a minimum standard of fitness,” he said.

“This new policy will also be introduced to all men’s regional franchise contracts and West Indies Women’s contracts next year for the 2020-21 season.”

This is the third year that CWI will award central contracts to West Indies men under three different categories.

All-format contracts are awarded to players expected to feature in Tests, ODIs and T20Is during the coming year. Red-ball contracts are given to players who predominantly play Test cricket and white-ball contracts are awarded to players who predominantly play ODIs and T20Is.

 The full list of contracted players are:

All-Format Contracts: Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.

Red-Ball Contracts: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jomel Warrican.

White-Ball Contracts: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas.

New players offered contracts for 2019-20

Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.

Players no longer on contracts

Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer

WEST INDIES WOMEN CENTRALLY-CONTRACTED PLAYERS 2019-20

Players who retained contracts: Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor.

New players offered contracts for 2019-20: Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Natasha McLean, Karishma Ramharack.

Players no longer on contracts:

Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Anisa Mohammed, Akeira Peters.

 

 

Michael Findlay, Attorney Debra Coryat-Patton, and Dr. Akshai Mansingh have been named independent directors to the board of Cricket West Indies for the two-year term 2019 to 2021.

 They join businessman Imran McSood-Amjad, Chairman and Founder of NAGICO, who was appointed at the recent CWI Board of Directors meeting on April 9, 2019.

 Utilizing regional technical expertise and rebuilding stakeholder relationships were two of the 10 points of the “Cricket First Plan” put forward by President Ricky Skerritt and Vice President Dr. Kishore Shallow in the recent CWI election campaign.

Skerritt had promised that the four new Independent directors would all help to strengthen the CWI Board by representing rich and varied backgrounds of cricket and professional interests; and all with solid corporate governance experience.

 “As a former CWI Independent Director myself, I understand the importance of strengthening the Board with eminent and informed professionals who will both advise and challenge the CWI leadership and Board members. Independent and new thinking volunteers are needed at all levels and in all areas of problem-solving in West Indies Cricket,” Skerritt said.

 Michael Findlay is no stranger to Caribbean Cricket ever since he became the first Windward Islands player to represent The West Indies in 1969 and he is pleased to be involved again.

 “It is an honour to be appointed as an Independent Director of Cricket West Indies (CWI) to serve our cricket in another capacity having been a player, and having previously served as Manager of the West Indies Under-19 and Senior Teams, Chairman of Selectors; Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Cricket Committee; the Board Representative on the ICC’s Cricket Committee, and a Cricket West Indies Ambassador,” he said.

“I am humbled by this appointment and will serve in the very best interest of the overall development of West Indies cricket at all levels.”

 Trinidadian attorney, Debra Coryat-Patton, is an experienced legal practitioner in areas of employment law, intellectual property law, anti-money laundering, and diplomatic protocol.

She is Chairperson of the Sport and Culture Fund of the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. She is also a former Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Morehouse School of Medicine, and Political Specialist of the United States Department of State, US Embassy Port of Spain.

She currently holds the position of Attorney at Law with the Office of the Campus Registrar, Legal Department of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

 “I acknowledge that the role of a CWI Independent Director is indeed an important one and I am therefore prepared and determined to offer to such an august organization,” she said.

“All of the expertise and experience my professional background has afforded me, in addition to integrity and the other associated qualities that are synonymous with the legal profession of which I am proud to be part of.”

 Dr. Akshai Mansingh is a Jamaican Sports Medicine Physician and Orthopaedic Surgeon and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Sport at the University of the West Indies.

 He was formerly Chief Medical Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board for over a decade, and of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) since its inception. He was also a member of the inaugural International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Medical Panel and sits on the ICC Therapeutic Exemption Committee.

He was delighted to have been named an independent director.

“I am hoping that my experience in Sports Medicine, as well as my deep involvement in Sports Science and Medicine in Cricket, will be of value,” he said.

“I am also appreciative of having the opportunity of being able to contribute to my passion at the highest level. Knowing what cricket means to the people of the region, I look forward to helping in building back West Indies Cricket to the heights where it belongs.”      

Cricket West Indies has expressed sadness at the passing of Seymour Nurse, the outstanding batsman from Barbados, who represented the West Indies between 1960 and 1969.

Courtney Browne and Eldine Baptiste have filed suit against Cricket West Indies citing unfair dismissal from their jobs as West Indies selectors effective March 31, 2019.

Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven and Jamaican business executive Don Wehby have been drafted into the newly selected Cricket West Indies (CWI), as the body looks to improve its financial standing.

In keeping with a part of his mandate to establish good governance principles and greater transparency, newly appointed CWI president Ricky Skerritt has made several new appointments since taking office.

Heaven, who recently secured a third term as president of the JCA, will serve in the capacity as chairman of the CWI’s finance committee.  Wehby, a former Jamaica finance minister and Grace Kennedy CEO, will head a task force on corporate governance.

Other changes from Skerritt, who defeated Dave Cameron in the CWI elections last month, included the appointment of Robert Haynes as interim head of the chairman of selectors last month.

The CWI also removed interim head coach Richard Pybus and his support staff of Vasbert Drakes, Toby Radford and Esuan Crandon. Former West Indies batsman Floyd Reifer was named to replace Pybus, while Roddy Estwick, Corey Collymore and Rayon Griffith will serve as assistant coaches.

 

Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt has expressed sadness at the passing of former president Pat Rousseau OJ.

Imran McSood-Amjad, First CEO of NAGICO Insurances has been appointed an Independent Director of Cricket West Indies. (CWI). The CWI Board of Directors ratified his appointment during a board meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Newly appointed Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt has insisted that the newly formed body is determined to dispel the 'myth’ that several of the team’s senior players are no longer interested in representing the team.

In recent years several of the region’s most high-profile players have found themselves at odds with the regional program’s selectors as heavy T20 league schedule has often clashed with the international game.  For various reasons T20 stars like Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, who retired from the sport last year, have not consistently represented the region.

Since taking over the office, however, Skerritt and his administration have dismissed the Courtney Browne-led selection panel and installed Robert Haynes.  The administration has since begun to reach out to the players, including Bravo.

“There's a myth that our elite players don't want to play for the West Indies. Over the last couple of weeks, we've engaged several of them and prior to the election, I personally engaged several of them and the desire and hunger to play for their West Indian colours is as strong as ever,” Skerritt said.

“What we have to do is to make sure we put systems in place that can respect the players and help the players to respect their responsibility when they are actually involved in West Indies cricket, and do it in a way that is clearly communicated and that there's mutual respect and understanding,” he added.

“I have no doubt that in the hearts and in the minds of all of these players, the performance of the West Indies team and being involved in a successful West Indies team setup is important to them.”

Vasbert Drakes was fired as assistant coach of the Windies after a particularly fruitful series for the Caribbean side and the former bowler for the regional side believes his ousting unjust and illegal. His Lawyer, Ralph Thorne QC, says, while he cannot go public with the reasons Cricket West Indies have outlined as those which led to the sacking, he is unimpressed.

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) will, in short order, be advertising for the post of a head coach for the Jamaica Scorpions after losing Robert Haynes to regional duty. 

The new panel of Windies selectors has recalled Shannon Gabriel and Johnathan Carter for a squad selected for a Tri-nation series against Ireland and Bangladesh starting next month.

Newly installed CWI President Ricky Skerritt is to create a Selection System Review Task Force, to be chaired by Vice President Dr Kishore Shallow to comprehensively re-evaluate the selection system.

Despite early successes at the helm of the Windies, interim head coach Richard Pybus, could face one of the falling axes from a new administration, led by president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Ricky Skerritt. 

Cricket West Indies (CWI) and former Windies coach Mr Phil Simmons have announced an amicable resolution to the claim from Simmons’ dismissal as head coach in 2016.

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