West Indies news March 26, 2014

WI head coach and captains added to selection panel

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies head coach, Ottis Gibson and captains Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo have been added to the selection panel, as part of 19 recommendations approved by the board of directors of the West Indies Cricket Board to help improve the game in the region. The recommendations were presented by Richard Pybus, the WICB's director of cricket.

The 33-page Pybus Report follows a comprehensive three month, region-wide study which he conducted between November 2013 and January 2014. Pybus, who coached Pakistan and Bangladesh apart from a host of domestic teams around the world, took on his new position last October.

Gibson will have voting rights in the selection panel while Sammy (Test and T20 captain) and Bravo (ODI captain) are in the panel as non-voting members. They will be added to the panel that includes Clyde Butts (chairman), Robert Haynes and Courtney Browne.

Another significant recommendation was the restructuring of the first-class game in the region. There will be a structured year-round cricket programme with each team playing a minimum of ten matches per season with a home and away format, stretching the domestic season to six months. In a bid to further professionalise the game, annual contracts will be given to 15 players from each territorial board.

There will be professional coaching staff for all first-class teams and all matches will be played at international standard grounds. The WICB will appoint a Coaching Manager to implement and oversee coaching programme throughout the region and implement the Elite Coaches Pathway programme which will identify current and former players for accelerated coaching training.

There was a recommendation to downsize the number of first-class teams from seven to six to make the Regional Four Day more competitive, but the decision was deferred.

For the full list of recommendations, click here.

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  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    awesome celebration .. always want west indies to win for the celebration but not against India. sammy, gayle played well

  • Roy on March 27, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    This is a step in the right direction, but when we have the same head coach, the same selectors with the same thinking process the result is always going to be the same, (inconsistent cricket), we have a wealth of experience from the 80's and I don't know why WICB is not using them, for sure we will have better results.

  • Basil on March 27, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    The people here complaining and just naming names completely miss the point. It's not just about the Coach/Captain/CEO, it's about the structure. I can't believe they didn't approve of reducing the FC comp to 6 teams. The talent pool with CCC is spread too thin. WI need a good standard domestic comp, played on good pitches, and of a decent length. Players need to commit to it, even those in the Test team need to play in some of the games.

  • Ali on March 27, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Clyde Butts (chairman), Robert Haynes and Courtney Browne. ...

    have no place being on a selection panel ....

    3 ridiculously mediocre players who will ALWAYS back themselves and their countrymen !

    the selectors are proven incompetents

  • ken on March 27, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    The game in WI will change course when every young man who thinks he have a chance at being the next Brian Lara or Courtney Walsh is given the opportunity at a professional training intuition within the region. At its very basic this would create the competitiveness needed at the foundation level to produce high quality international players. We cannot keep depending on a broken grass root system that produced the mediocrity we have been experiencing to serve a professional system. Garbage in Garbage out!

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    While the recommendations made make sense I can't help but think that these things are not rocket science and we have again spent a whole lot of money to hear from someone who just happens to be from outside the region, Are we able now that Mr. Pybus has recommended it finally willing to invest the resources to have home and away cricket. What was lacking was the recommendation to have an open market where players could easily move from one team to another....but someone else would have to make that recommendation, heaven forbid we use a home grown idea.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    I disagree with bravo and Sammy not getting voting power. Why would you have 4 people with voting power? There should always be an odd number in order to prevent deadlocks.. For people wasting comment space calling for Barnwell this , Barnwell that.... I haven't seen anything from him that makes him worthy of making the West Indies team.. If you call for Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Cooper, Evin Lewis, Jonathan Carter, Kavesh Kantasingh, Jason Mohammed, Devon Smith, Pooran, Roach, Holder, Fidel Edwards, Danza Hyatt, Suliemunn Benn etc.... Players that should be given a chance. We boast a wealth of players, hopefully the selectors give these players a chance in the home series that is coming up. I believe we can be #1 again but it will take time and patience.... Everyone blames the coach and captain but isn't it the players responsibility to perform and give results. Sammy has been the only consist performer of late, Bravo a big disappointment.... Selectors have been picking weak players so far

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    I think the coach is doing a lousy job with the players. West Indies players need to be taught discipline and to focus. Barnwell needs to get a chance in these limited over matches in place of Russell or Charles.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Honestly folks, can't we find a better person than brown as selector?

  • CRIC on March 26, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Posted by Kenneth Stapleton on (March 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT) Waste of time. When will yo realize, cricket is pratically dead in the Caribbean?

    No true.

    Whan one can walk through villages and see young boys playing cricket in the streets, when one can walk on the beach and see youngsters also playing there and when one can see the youngsters playing as soon the school is closed...then one cannot make such a statement.

    The game is not as possible as when the Windies ruled the world - with the greatest sports team EVER, but it is FAR from dead.

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