West Indies news March 27, 2012

Ramnarine resigns as WIPA chief

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dinanath Ramnarine has resigned as president and chief executive of the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) effective March 31 and Wavell Hinds, who is presently the treasurer, will succeed him as president until the Annual General Meeting this year.

WIPA secretary Andrew Richardson said the announcement was not a surprise as Ramnarine, who held office for ten years, had advocated a change to refresh the organisation with new leadership. "We wish to recognise that he [Ramnarine] has served meritoriously over those ten years", Richardson said on the WIPA website.

Hinds called it a "depressing day" for West Indies cricket. "We were well advised that this day will come but hoped it would never materialise," Hinds said. "We are all saddened by his decision, given his outstanding contribution and great personal sacrifice to WIPA."

In the interim, Michael Hall will act as the chief executive while Ramnarine agreed to assist as an advisor during the period of transition.

Ramnarine became WIPA president in 2002 and aggressively represented the interests of the players in negotiations with WICB. In 2004, he was offered the position of chief executive after successfully negotiating increased sponsorship payments for players in the 2003 World Cup and securing compensation for players injured during the period of 1999-2003.

Since then, Ramnarine negotiated a substantial increase in retainer contracts and first-class fees that benefitted international as well as domestic West Indian players. Under his leadership, WIPA adopted a new constitution, which brought it in line with the guidelines and modern practices of similar cricket associations.

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  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    In reply to cricketdebator:

    As far as I am aware it is the WICB and not WIPA that is responsible for the organization and administration of West Indian cricket. WIPA is responsible for protecting the interests of the player, which they have done with great professionalism and efficiency. Since you have the audacity to blame then for WICB's failures and inefficiencies, then you should be audacious enough to recommend that they replace the WICB as the administrators of WI Cricket. The evidence so far shows that most likely they would do a much better job!

  • jaswant on March 29, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Should have done so a looong time ago.

  • Simon on March 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Ramnarine did well in representing the players' interest, but during his tenure, did he or his organization achieve anything in terms of actually improve or enhance the players' performance on the field of play? I don't think so. Infact, it is no surprise that his 10-year tenure as President of WPIA seems to coincide with some of the worst performances in the history of West Indies cricket.

  • Simon on March 28, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Happy Riddance! Glad to see the back of him. At least his replacement (Hinds) was a little bit more successful as a Wi player, and hopefully will be more rational in thoughts and deeds.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Ramnarine gained 45 test wickets in 12 tests, not a spectacular, but a pretty decent record. However due to his being president of WIPA he was marginalised. His contribution to building WIPA into the professional organization that it is today immeasurable and truly commendable. The WICB can no longer treat players as pawns in their foolish political games and egotistical power struggles. Cricketers have been more vulnerable than other professional sportsmen because once marginalised there have traditionally been no other options for them to exercise their profession. The development of other versions of the game has however improved this situation.

  • Allan on March 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Perhaps with new leadership a better working relationship between the board and the union could be established. I believe that most West Indians would be happy to see the acrimonious relationship between the board and the union come to an end. It can only be in the the best interest of WI cricket, because they have a lot of massive talent that is going to waste.

  • ERROL on March 28, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Okay job, but now it's good to see him go and the whole WICBC can also resign so WI cricket can have a new start without all of this fighting.

  • Suresh on March 27, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Has worked tirelessly for WI players. Not allowed WICB to roughshod over the players.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Good riddance. I am not 2 certain about his intended replacement. Hear him so time ago interviewing Dr E. Hilaire on the Gayle's issue & wasn't impressed. Need to know some more about Hinds besides his cricket prowess.

  • kent on March 27, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Hats off to Ramnarine on a job very well done. For those who may link him with the major controversies in West Indies cricket, I say to you that he never started any row and his aim as Union rep for those he served (West Indies Cricketers) was to get the best for them. He was a fearless fighter who left no stone unturned in securing the best for them. Also, for those who did not know WIPA is also involved in several humanitairian projects throughout the West Indian islands and many organisations and persons have benefited handsomely. He has managed WIPA effectively and he leaves behind a well run organisation. Before WIPA, many a good test cricketer has found hmself discarded by the WICB and forced to rummage for a living bereft of dignity or recognition. WIPA has assured that every test cricketer gains financial benefit and just rewards for their playing days. Now isnt that something to be proud of???!!! Mr. Ramnarine take a bow.

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