URGENT – WEST INDIES PLAYERS ASSOCIATION VEX OVER WICB REMARKS IN CRIC-INFO, CLAIM THREAT AGAINST CHRIS GAYLE
WIPA welcomes genuine partnership with WICB, urges fair treatment for all players in selection process
The incoming Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, recently made statements about building a partnership with the West Indies Players Association in a Cricinfo article. WIPA welcomes those statements and commits to diligently executing its role in ensuring that the partnership is genuine, sustainable and in the best interest of West Indies Cricket.However WIPA views with utmost concern Dr. Hilaire?s comments ? in the same article ? pertaining to the captaincy of the West Indies cricket team and specifically as they regard Mr. Christopher Gayle.Dr. Hilaire has not yet assumed the office of CEO but has made statements that some might consider disturbing as it relates to one of the most important positions in the fabric of Caribbean life ? captain of the West Indies team.The WICB has announced that Dr. Hilaire?s effective date is October 1st 2009 but whether Dr. Hilaire was representing the views of the WICB (since it is the Board which approves and appoints the captain on the recommendation of the selectors) or whether Dr. Hilaire was articulating his personal views his comments, at this time, must be taken very seriously.Thus that his comments ? whether representative of the WICB or personal ? could well be considered prejudicial to the integrity of the selection process and have the potential to impact on the process of the appointment of an individual to the important position of West Indies captain. The system which exists within the WICB whereby the selectors are appointed by the WICB and report to Chief Operations Officer, who functions under directive from the CEO, is relevant in this regard.WIPA hopes that Dr. Hilaire?s comments are not meant to serve as groundwork for the eventual victimization of Mr. Gayle with regard to him being re-installed as captain of the West Indies team ? a position he performed in with significant success during his almost two year tenure.