West Indies news July 17, 2013

WICB approves foundation of retired players

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies Cricket Board finalised a three-year plan to increase retainer fees for women's players and also approved the membership of the West Indies Retired Players Foundation (WIRPF). The decisions were taken at the WICB's board meeting held in Guyana on July 13.

The WICB plans to increase retainer fees for women players by 100% over the next three years, starting with a 40% increase in 2013-14, followed by a 30% hike over the next two years. The board also approved a recommendation that makes it mandatory for all territories to establish women's cricket leagues a year before they participate in regional tournaments.

The WIRPF, a joint initiative between the WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), seeks to involve former players to help the game at the regional level. Former West Indies players, Wavell Hinds and Nixon McLean will represent WIPA in the foundation along with WICB-appointed members, Delano Franklyn and Nigel Camacho. The foundation will be headed by Brian George, president and CEO of Supreme Ventures Ltd, Jamaica.

Hinds, who is also the president of the WIPA, said that the creation of the foundation was an important moment in West Indies cricket.

"Michael Hall (the CEO) and I, along with the other members of WIPA's new executive are very excited about the formation of the WIRPF," Hinds said. "It's not just for the direct benefits it brings to those who have served the game and the region, but also because it represents another collaborative effort between the WICB and WIPA."

"The skills and services of our retired players have not been utilised in a manner befitting their stature and the situation needed to be improved," WICB president Whycliffe Cameron said. "Our former players have international reputations for success and achievement and we must now, in a formal and structured way, undertake the necessary work to utilize their expertise to help to improve and redevelop West Indies Cricket."

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  • K_Doc on July 22, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    This is LONG OVERDUE. I hope players like Holding, Roberts, Croft, Amberose, Walsh, Garner, Grenidge, Haynes, Richards, Hooper is given a chance to share their vast knowledge.

  • bajan0123 on July 20, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    The WI players of yesteryear are without a doubt some of the best to ever play the game. I think the current crop of WI players would benifit from them because most of the current WI players lack technique. The WICB should have enlisted the past players to pass on they knowledge to the present players and assist them in correcting they flause. The WI batsmen such as Gayle, Samuel, Simmons, Charles, Bravo and pollard all lack propper technique. None of them move they feet. The other bad habbit i see in they approach is they back away from the ball too much. It seems to me they are afraid to play off the front foot. Why is Kirk edwards not playing in this team? He is a much better batsman than the ones playing today. My team would be 1.Gayle 2. Charles 3. Bravo 4. K. Edwards 5.Simmons 6. Samuel 7. Bravo(Capt) 8. Sammy 9. Narine 10. Roach 11. Holder 12. Best. Good luck.

  • delboy on July 18, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    I see no evidence to show how our players of yesteryear remains current, in particular where modern training techniques involving technology which is alien to our current players. Does the board have the resources to up-skill past players and train those retained on contracts? Rather than gravitate towards a CPL T20 league, would WICB not be better off in reversing the trend where WI player used to play in the English county championships, by introducing a quota of overseas players participation in their domestic season. Domestic teams could benefit from exposure to stronger opposition as well as competition for places. Domestic players as well as other foreign squad members not representing the first team could play in a second XI.

  • wizzla on July 18, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    interesting.... I am cautiously optimistic.

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