Donald Peters has resigned from the post of chief executive officer of the West Indies Cricket Board on Thursday, according to a WICB release. His resignation has been accepted by the board and is effective 30th April. Steve Camacho, the former West Indies opener who was its chief executive for 18 years, will be the interim CEO till a successor is found for Peters.
The WICB did not provide an official reason as to Peters' abrupt exit from the post. Peters told CBC Radio in Barbados that had quit for personal reasons, and noted that his mother was ill in Boston, so he planned to spend the next few months with her. He has become the fourth CEO to quit the post in the last seven years.
Peters had taken over as CEO in November 2007, and it has been a turbulent 18-month reign. During his tenure, the cash-strapped board has had a protracted pay dispute with the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) which nearly resulted in the players boycotting a one-dayer against England last month. It also failed to find a sponsor for it's domestic competitions. The relationship with one of their few remaining backers, Digicel, is also rocky after the sponsorship row ahead of the Stanford 20/20 for 20 tournament last year.
Peters was also involved in a messy internal dispute with Julian Hunte, the board president, after allegations over the use of WICB funds to renovate Hunte's St Lucian office. He was also in charge when a Test match against England was called off earlier this year due to a sandy outfield after only 10 deliveries were bowled.