{FILE IMAGE - CLICK FOR BIGGER} WICB CEO, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, with Digicel Group Marketing Director, Kieran Foley

The WICB’s Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Hilaire, has given several interviews recently outlining a strategy he obviously champions that is supposed to materialize in 2015. This has been echoed by other WICB employees as well but without any details of clear targets along the way. Such a plan must be of concern to all supporters of West Indies cricket and particularly to West Indian players since they have been put on notice that the WICB is considering a different pay on performance structure than that which currently exists. At present, players’ performances are judged by WICB selectors and payment made in accordance with an agreed scale depending on how many test matches or One-Day Internationals or Twenty/Twenty matches for which the player has been selected and with the Captain being remunerated in keeping with the weight of his responsibilities.

Just as the WICB CEO and others have felt it necessary to flood the airwaves and the internet with the message of patience and acceptance of losses until 2015, a clear articulation of the targets that need to be attained to ensure that players have met any and all performance measures need to be provided to all players and their representatives and input from players respected and taken on board. To date such a necessary and basic exercise has not taken place in any structured fashion.

Additionally, the WICB must indicate what the targets are along the way for any and all of its administrative and management staff associated with this 2015 strategy otherwise it would be fair and reasonable for shareholders and fans of West Indies cricket to conclude that, regardless of results from now until 2015, the WICB Management and staff involved with and executing this 2015 policy – including the WICB CEO and Coach -will continue to earn their existing salaries or any proposed contractual increases until World Cup 2015 whatever the team performances under this new approach. If so, what a guarantee!

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