West Indies news September 18, 2012

Michael Muirhead appointed WICB CEO

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Muirhead, a management consultant, has been appointed CEO of the West Indies Cricket Board. Muirhead, a Jamaican, will replace Ernest Hilaire, who steps down on September 30 after completing a three-year term.

Muirhead, 55, served as Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company of Jamaica from 2004 to 2006 and since then has been engaged as a management consultant with several high-level projects in the country. He was also with Price Waterhouse and served in senior management positions at the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica.

"The Board is confident that the appointment of Mr. Muirhead will ensure that West Indies cricket remains resolutely on the path to structured development and progress and that he is most capable of continuing the process of overseeing the implementation of the WICB Strategic Plan 2011-2016," Julian Hunte, the president of the WICB, said. "Michael brings a wealth of experience in a range of sectors in Jamaica. He is an accomplished, astute and measured executive on whom the Board will rely to execute its programmes and policies and further build capacity at the WICB secretariat.

"The interview panel was most impressed with his resume, clarity of thought, broad understanding of the sport, communication skills and overall skills set, and specifically, his capacity for judicious management. Now that we are exiting the 'season of fundamental change' in West Indies cricket and approaching the road to sustained stability and steady progress, the Board believes that Michael is the ideal candidate to lead its administrative arm."

Muirhead said: "I am delighted at the confidence that the Board has placed in me and stand committed to advancing the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the policies of the Board.

"West Indies cricket has been enjoying some recent successes and is now positioned to be a competitive force once again among the cricketing nations of the world. I will do my utmost to maintain and improve on what has already been put in place thus ensuring that we as West Indians can once again proudly hold our heads high."

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  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Congratulations and welcome aboard, Mr. Muirhead. Given your professional background, you will know that WI cricket administration is a very trying venture. Laden with minefields. Given the diversity of our people, you will be aware too that just about every territory clamors for its players to be on the team, irrespective of whether or not it is merited. We even have the absurd call by some misguided ones, some on this site, for the removal of Coach Gibson. I pray GOD's blessings as you discharge your duties and responsibilities in your new position. I pray too that when all is said and done, you would've played your part admirably in helping to turn around our team and strengthening the game in the region on the whole.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Congratulations, looking forward to development and the re-emergence of Windies cricket to the highest level.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Congrats,hope your handling of all issues are in the best interest of W.I. cricket.According to Bradee 'no credentials' ,but I'm an optimist and I know one can be a great manager once all supprt streams are strong and accurate.On another note, Gibson may not be perfect but I still think he's done pretty well.

  • Earlla on September 19, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Congrats Mr. Micheal Murihead hope ur change will be the change west indies will need to make a turn around for the better..........all the best and may God be ur guide throughout your tenure....

  • navin on September 19, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    First order of business - GET RID OF OTIS GIBSON

  • ethel on September 19, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Good question --Gibson you should be next and in the near future like tomorrow.

  • Douglas on September 19, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Thank you lord for answering my prayers. We might take 10 years to repair the damage done by Mr Hilaire. Now when is Gibson leaving?

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Humph... no cricket credentials, and at his age most probably aloof of the needs of the Windies players and public! It's going to be a wait and see arrangement...

  • LESTER on September 18, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS to you Mr Michael Muirhead and hope that you can make a memorable impression on the Region's cricket board ...

  • Zorina on September 18, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Congratulations to Michael Muirhead. The board believes that you have the capacity for judicious management which seemed to be lacking up to this point. Moreover this story suggests that you have what it takes to make West Indies cricket a 21st century sporting product. Finally your presence means that the Board no longer has the image of an Eastern Caribbean clique.

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