West Indies news March 28, 2011

Julian Hunte re-elected WICB chief

ESPNcricinfo staff

Julian Hunte has been re-elected as president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for a third consecutive term. Hunte has been in the position since 2007, and will now stay at the helm till March 2013. Whycliffe Cameron will remain the WICB's vice-president.

"We are at a critical stage in West Indies cricket in terms of the setting up the infrastructure to take us forward," Hunte said. The board, under Hunte, has initiated several projects, like the Cricket Foundation, the Sagicor High Performance Center and Digicel Grassroots programmes for the betterment of West Indies cricket.

"We have commenced the process of the development of West Indies cricket at all levels and must see it through," Hunte said. "Thus far, this board has had significant progress in revitalising West Indies A Team programmes, women's cricket, Caribbean Twenty20 and the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket to ensure that our cricket is strong again at all levels."

Referring to West Indies' quarter-final exit at the World Cup, following a thumping defeat against Pakistan, Hunte said the team had a lot of work ahead of it. "We all share in the disappointment of the fans with the recent performance in the World Cup," he said. "We are happy that the team made it to the quarter-finals, but we expected a better performance and greater fighting spirit from our players."

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  • Ricardo on March 31, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    rayinto - it doesn't matter who is president.....there is no gaurentee that things will change. as long as the board and union is at loggerheads....there will be problems. the underlying cause is money. the caribbean population is not big enough, nor do the islands generate enough income for there to be enough revenue pay 1st class cricketers a comfortable income. the solution?? the island have to look at what they have. sports tourism packages to attract people is an option. the invitation of hampshire for the T20 is an example of what can be achieved. if the islands look down this road, they can put together packages to attract visitors and try to meet some of the financial packages. also some of these tourism/marketing packages can be put together to offer young home grown players the kind of sponsership deals to keep them financially secure....unless there is another way I dont know of???? the club cricket grass roots grants is a good project but more finance is needed.

  • Kamau on March 29, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Time will tell how well the foundations have been set. Unlike some others I am happy with what I am seeing. The improvements of the Bravo brothers, the arrival of Kemar Roach, the coming of Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel, the silent work of the WICB and the appointment of Coach Gibson. I would rather us go about our business without all the 'big talk' we can be associated with. Also I would rather see a slow growth than a 'wam bam' instant win to make us think we big again. We won the ICC champions trophy and what happened. While there are a number of things I also not happy with I will direct them to those who can affect change most, and not just 'wine' all de while!!

  • Douglas on March 29, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Michael Holding for president!

  • Riad on March 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    What happens when players, captain, selection panel, executive and the president fail, they get selected and re-elected. WEST INDIES CRICKET IS A JOKE!!!!! It's the laughing stock of world cricket. So long as there is nonleadership at the executive as well as the team level we shall continue to fail.

  • Narine on March 28, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Once Hunte remains in charge I don't expect any turn around from the WI as this man has been there since 2007 and the WI team continues to FAIL! This is very disappointing news for the future of WI cricket a very sad day.

  • kent on March 28, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    This re-election of Julian Hunte is even worst news than WI losing its quarterfinal match to Pak. We are doomed for another two years!!!!!

  • Raghvender on March 28, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    WICB has ruined the west indian cricket....

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