West Indies news July 5, 2012

WICB chief executive Hilaire to step down

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Ernest Hilaire, the chief executive of the WICB whose tenure has been marked by standoffs with a number of senior players, most notably Chris Gayle, has decided not to seek a renewal of his contract when it expires in October, ESPNcricinfo has learned.

Hilaire has already informed the WICB board of directors of his intention not to continue in the role and they have appointed a recruitment agency to find a replacement. He has been appointed St Lucia's new ambassador in London by the newly elected St Lucia Labour party government.

He took over as chief executive in November 2009, when he was given a three-year contract, and presided over a somewhat tumultuous time in West Indies cricket as the team struggled to win matches. However, the side has shown improved competitiveness under the captaincy of Darren Sammy recently, especially in the limited-overs formats, and espouses a commitment to playing as a team.

Hilaire had also been involved in high profile disputes with Dinanath Ramnarine, the former head of the West Indies Players' Association, and a number of senior players, including Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan. Gayle's troubles with the board began when he chose to play in the 2011 IPL and miss the home series against Pakistan. It was only in June 2012 that Gayle's exile ended after he signed a CARICOM-brokered agreement with the WICB. Sarwan has not played for West Indies since June 2011, having lost his central contract in 2010 on fitness grounds.

In May 2012, Hilaire, said the selectors should focus on picking a strong collective unit rather than one just comprising 11 star players. "For a decade or so the selectors were guided by a process which had them arriving at the eleven best players to take the field," Hilaire had said. "With the eleven best players on the park our results went from bad to worse and yet worse still.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on July 8, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Please let me thank DR.HILAIRE for his great work at the WICB as its CEO . He brought back "discipline" to West Indies Cricket which we all see is paying off .Let me also add Coach Mr. GIBSON to that list of putting WI cricket "FIRST" way before personalities. We all can see the fruits of their work when the "experience players" came back showing a "new attitude" to the game while in WI colours .

  • kunta1st on July 8, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Its time now they look to Jamaica or Guyana to replace this guy.

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Sounds like what persons are asking for is a puppet to be the next chief. Mr Hiliare by his brave actions has shown us that a team without stars can challenge major teams where the team with the stars were constantly getting ran over and failing for over the last decade. Thank You Mr Hiliare!

  • cracker2012 on July 6, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    "Gayle's troubles with the board began when he chose to play in the 2011 IPL and miss the home series against Pakistan." - This sentence is not completely accurate. The West Indies squad to face Pakistan in the home series had already been selected and announced with several of the senior players left out of the squad, including Gayle. At the time, the WICB explained that they were looking towards the future saying "Consistent with the policy to expose young players, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan were not selected." - The WICB had negotiated with Pollard and Bravo to go and play in the IPL and miss the Pakistan series, but never communicated with Gayle in a similar way. It was only after this, that Gayle decided to take up a contract with the IPL.

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Gone are the days when sports were a past time; we are talking about big business where millions of dollars are involved; to assume that all it takes is a cricketing pedigree to succeed reflects the abysmal state of the game in the west indies; to quote Sir Garfield on this matter is unfortunate; anyway how many people in the Caribbean over 45 have no knowledge of cricket be it as a player, spectator or otherwise?

  • Metman on July 6, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @Windiesfactchecker !..."The West Indies squad to face Pakistan in the home series had already been selected and announced with several of the senior players left out of the squad,including Gayle "....that sentence is not completly accurate either!.The facts are....Gayle on learning that Sammy was going to continue as capt.said he was INJURED ,and that he had played through the World Cup with that injury...note!.. NOBODY knew about that injury ! Gayle was NOT selected for the series against Pakistan because HE said he was INJURED....he was NOT dropped ..Soon after Gayle turned up in India to play in the IPL,and the Board asked him "how come you said you were injured,and yet can play in the IPL",that is when the " tug of war" started between him and the Board ,mate !

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Well done you said it would not have been an easy task..you did your best and i think it is very good.

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    we need more than an ex player, we need someone who understands, marketing, business management, labor relations, someone who understands finance, someone who can continue the work that Hilaire started, it does not matter if this individual is an ex cricketer or not. a well qualified individual can do the job, look at other successful teams around the world most of them do not have ex players managing but rather business people, people with MBA's,

  • WindiesFactChecker on July 6, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    "Gayle's troubles with the board began when he chose to play in the 2011 IPL and miss the home series against Pakistan." - This sentence is not completely accurate. The West Indies squad to face Pakistan in the home series had already been selected and announced with several of the senior players left out of the squad, including Gayle. At the time, the WICB explained that they were looking towards the future saying "Consistent with the policy to expose young players, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan were not selected." - The WICB had negotiated with Pollard and Bravo to go and play in the IPL and miss the Pakistan series, but never communicated with Gayle in a similar way. It was only after this, that Gayle decided to take up a contract with the IPL.

  • kobler on July 6, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Gone to soon or not soon enough?

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