West Indies news March 26, 2014

WI head coach and captains added to selection panel

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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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  • 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

  • tutorial 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.

  • VivGilchrist 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.

  • Rally_Windies 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

  • king_kenie 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:53 GMT

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

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS 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.

  • 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

  • tutorial 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.

  • VivGilchrist 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.

  • Rally_Windies 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

  • king_kenie 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:53 GMT

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

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS 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.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    where is Barnwell,chris is a excellent player beter than,russel,fletcher,charles,gud hittermexcelent fielder and he can bowl also,............

  • tutorial on March 26, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Step in the right direction, but we still have the same coach with even more power, can't see us moving forward.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Good news finally, next step is to fire butts. He is doing a lousy job. He is the main contributor for downfall of WI cricket over the years. Take for eg. last NZ tour, where he send a medocia team that include 3 keepers to represents us. Present T20, why no guyanese in the squad, at least barnwell, bishoo, shows promise, why no benn or nurse who can create problems on bangla wickets. These guys were good in CPL. if austraila can recall the big guys in hogg and hodge, why can we have this two fellas for a global tournment like this. W.I. may get licks in the back end, appreciate readers comments.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    I dont see any changes unless we have a complete change of Executives within WICBC, management and selectors.Why Pybus?Why not players of the past WI team not involved and formed a rebuilding commitee to oversee the structure from school cricket to WI level?I dont think we will see any changes with the same people around managing our cricket.We need people like Lloyd,Holding,Ambrose,Dujon,Larry Gomes,Gorden Grenidge, Harper,Hooper,Chanderpaul ,Ganga and some others cool headed of the past to dicipline and get players to show more responsabilityand application when they are out in the middle.These changes is all a waste of money and time except having Sammy and Bravo as part of the selection.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Oh yes, a step all right, but tell me why a baby step?

    Why I consider it a baby step?

    Because you have chosen ONLY people who are "in-the-box." Have you ever heard of when you are "in the forest for a long time, you tend to see mostly green"?

    Then to compound it all, you have given the "voting right'" also to someone who is also "in the box."

    How to chart a course for WI cricket?

    DO NOT DO ANY MORE STUDIES.

    IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO, USE WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE or...

    Invite any 5 or 7 or 9 of our CURRENT top 10 WI GREATS to a 2-hour "generating ideas" workshop and get someone to record their suggestions and recommendations.

    Take these suggestions and recommendations and pass to any strategic development team of business leaders, financiers and marketers.

    Yet we wonder why our youngsters aren't performing better today when they still make a bag of money without any leadership.

    Remember, they have lots more things to be motivated by than players of even 10, 15, 20 years ago.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    are u kidding me? sammy and bravo should be released of their captaincy instead of being made selectors.another big joke.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Richard Pybus hasn't recommended anything unusual. Madness... the definition thereof is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Get rid of the Coach, and the selection committee Clyde Butts, Robert Haynes and Courtney Browne. We have enough former players who knows the game and what it takes to win. Clive Lloyd, Sir Viv, Michael Holding, Jeff Dujon, Colin Croft, Ambrose, just to name a few.

  • Reuelsean on March 26, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Good move by the wicb, hopefully we should start to see some improvement in our cricket in the next few years. @Kenneth Stapleton, if cricket isn't dead in the caribbean as yet, ppl like you would surely kill it, full 100% for the negativity. I personally am glad that the wicb is doing something. I read the full list of changes and i really impressed. not something i normally say of the wicb.

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Waste of time. When will yo realize, cricket is pratically dead in the Caribbean?

  • Matt.au on March 26, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    This is fabulous news.

    By engaging Pybus, the WICB took the first step to fix what is broke. By actually accepting and implementing most of Pybus' recommendations, hopefully they will do more than fix what's broke, they will prosper - as will their current first class players.

    I didn't see any mention of new support junior club cricketers or recruiting new kids to the game. I do hope that's been addressed too.

    I also hope the WICB begin a new wave of promoting the game on the islands as to attract more spectators to the grounds.

    I grew up on a diet of some unbelievable cricket played between the WI and Australia. Despite knowing Australia was likely to lose most games, one couldn't wait for the WI's to arrive as you knew it was going to be a fantastic summer of cricket. I would keep my fingers and toes crossed just hoping Australia would put up a fight against sensational opposition.

    It can only good for world cricket if the WI can start producing teams similar to the glory days.

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    so happy to see these changes. any increase in WI fortunes on the international stage, has to start with management and other issues on the domestic scene.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on March 26, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Long overdue measures...but most welcome.

  • on March 26, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    I hope this improve the game in West Indies. The cricket world need a strong West Indies team.

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  • on March 26, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    I hope this improve the game in West Indies. The cricket world need a strong West Indies team.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on March 26, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Long overdue measures...but most welcome.

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    so happy to see these changes. any increase in WI fortunes on the international stage, has to start with management and other issues on the domestic scene.

  • Matt.au on March 26, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    This is fabulous news.

    By engaging Pybus, the WICB took the first step to fix what is broke. By actually accepting and implementing most of Pybus' recommendations, hopefully they will do more than fix what's broke, they will prosper - as will their current first class players.

    I didn't see any mention of new support junior club cricketers or recruiting new kids to the game. I do hope that's been addressed too.

    I also hope the WICB begin a new wave of promoting the game on the islands as to attract more spectators to the grounds.

    I grew up on a diet of some unbelievable cricket played between the WI and Australia. Despite knowing Australia was likely to lose most games, one couldn't wait for the WI's to arrive as you knew it was going to be a fantastic summer of cricket. I would keep my fingers and toes crossed just hoping Australia would put up a fight against sensational opposition.

    It can only good for world cricket if the WI can start producing teams similar to the glory days.

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Waste of time. When will yo realize, cricket is pratically dead in the Caribbean?

  • Reuelsean on March 26, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Good move by the wicb, hopefully we should start to see some improvement in our cricket in the next few years. @Kenneth Stapleton, if cricket isn't dead in the caribbean as yet, ppl like you would surely kill it, full 100% for the negativity. I personally am glad that the wicb is doing something. I read the full list of changes and i really impressed. not something i normally say of the wicb.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Richard Pybus hasn't recommended anything unusual. Madness... the definition thereof is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Get rid of the Coach, and the selection committee Clyde Butts, Robert Haynes and Courtney Browne. We have enough former players who knows the game and what it takes to win. Clive Lloyd, Sir Viv, Michael Holding, Jeff Dujon, Colin Croft, Ambrose, just to name a few.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    are u kidding me? sammy and bravo should be released of their captaincy instead of being made selectors.another big joke.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Oh yes, a step all right, but tell me why a baby step?

    Why I consider it a baby step?

    Because you have chosen ONLY people who are "in-the-box." Have you ever heard of when you are "in the forest for a long time, you tend to see mostly green"?

    Then to compound it all, you have given the "voting right'" also to someone who is also "in the box."

    How to chart a course for WI cricket?

    DO NOT DO ANY MORE STUDIES.

    IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO, USE WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE or...

    Invite any 5 or 7 or 9 of our CURRENT top 10 WI GREATS to a 2-hour "generating ideas" workshop and get someone to record their suggestions and recommendations.

    Take these suggestions and recommendations and pass to any strategic development team of business leaders, financiers and marketers.

    Yet we wonder why our youngsters aren't performing better today when they still make a bag of money without any leadership.

    Remember, they have lots more things to be motivated by than players of even 10, 15, 20 years ago.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    I dont see any changes unless we have a complete change of Executives within WICBC, management and selectors.Why Pybus?Why not players of the past WI team not involved and formed a rebuilding commitee to oversee the structure from school cricket to WI level?I dont think we will see any changes with the same people around managing our cricket.We need people like Lloyd,Holding,Ambrose,Dujon,Larry Gomes,Gorden Grenidge, Harper,Hooper,Chanderpaul ,Ganga and some others cool headed of the past to dicipline and get players to show more responsabilityand application when they are out in the middle.These changes is all a waste of money and time except having Sammy and Bravo as part of the selection.