May 28, 2001

Skerritt dismissed as WI manager - statement by WICB CEO


The following is a statement by the Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Gregory Shillingford on the West Indies' Team Management and Arrangements for the Training Camp in Trinidad:

"THE West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirms that on Friday, May 25, 2001, the manager of the West Indies cricket team, Mr. Ricky Skerritt, was written and directed not to participate in the training camp in Trinidad. At that time, he was also informed that a letter of termination of his contract would be sent to him within seven days.

"The WICB held a series of meetings last week and, after further meetings are concluded, the WICB will make an overall statement on the management team for our cricket tour to Zimbabwe and Kenya.

"Meanwhile, I wish to confirm that the Board of Directors has approved the nomination of Carl Hooper as captain of the West Indies cricket team for that tour.

"At present, Director of Coaching Reg Scarlett, is in charge of the training camp which began today in Trinidad with 21 of the 22 cricketers chosen in attendance. Leg-spinner, Dinanath Ramnarine, will join the camp next Monday following special dispensation for his honeymoon. Obviously, Mr. Ramnarine will be expected to pass the fitness test to be considered for selection on the team.

"The team's trainer, Ronald Rogers, is running the first week of the camp with the assistance of the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force's Physical Training Instructors' Department.

"This week's programme will focus on conditioning and will include agility drills, weight training, swimming, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, running, cross-country walking and basic gymnastics (to improve the players' balance and co-ordination). The cricketers began this morning with a seven-mile, back-pack run.

"The focus of the camp next week will be technical training and tactical preparation. Former West Indies cricketers, Andy Roberts and Gordon Greenidge, have been recruited as the bowling and batting coaches respectively. The conditioning programme will continue but on a lesser scale during this time."