Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 28th 2015 Contents ST GEORGE'S---Grenada s Prime Minister
Dr Keith Mitchell has labelled as "disturbing"
claims by West Indies head coach, Phil Sim-
mons, of outside interference in the selection
of the One-Day International squad for Sri
Mitchell, the Chairman of CARICOM s Sub
Committee on Cricket Governance, said yes-
terday any selection panel needed to be "free
of interference, fear, or favour", and joined with
Simmons condemning "any act that under-
mined his leadership and the discretion of the
Board of Selectors to field the best team."
"It is my view that West Indies cricket is
fortunate to have a leadership team that includes
head coach Phil Simmons, captain Jason Holder
and chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd," Mitchell
said in a statement.
"The team is now at an important crossroads,
and it will require wisdom and good leadership
to chart and follow the right path. It will there-
fore take the skill, motivation and priorities of
the men who lead and the players who follow,
to restore the team to world prominence."
He continued: "To that end, the leadership
unit must receive the full and unequivocal
support and cooperation of the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB), and the backing of an
independent selection panel, that is free of
interference, fear, or favour.
"The head coach s comments about the
selection of the West Indies one-day team to
tour Sri Lanka are highly disturbing."
Speaking to media in Barbados on Friday
following the end of the West Indies camp for
the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka,
Simmons lashed out at what he termed "too
much interference from outside", as he explained
the continued absence of Trinidadian all-
rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard
from the ODI side.
Both players were dropped ahead of the ODI
series in South Africa last January and also
overlooked for the subsequent ICC Cricket
World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Though the ODI side for Sri Lanka has not
been announced by the WICB, Simmons took
the unusual step of revealing that neither Bravo
nor Pollard, would be a part of it.
Simmons said both he and chief selector
Clive Lloyd had been in favour of the players
re-inclusion, but the five-member selection
panel had voted 3-2 against.
Courtney Walsh, Eldine Baptiste and Court-
ney Browne are the other selectors on the
"That s not the disappointing fact, the dis-
appointing fact is that you can lose 3-2 in a
vote-off but there is too much interference
from outside in the selection of the ODI squad
and it s disappointing for me to know that in
any aspect of life ... [people would use] their
position to get people into a squad for in this
case, get people left out of a squad," Simmons
"It is wrong and I don t like it and that is
my beef with the selection of the ODI team."
Echoing Simmons s sentiments, Mitchell
said it was important the selection process
ensured that West Indies always had their best
"Opposing teams, cricket lovers around the
world and supporters of West Indies cricket
expect to see the best West Indies teams on
the field. Clive Lloyd, the chairman of selectors,
recently made that same point," Mitchell said.
"Together with the head coach, he urged
selectors to bury their hatchets and trade the
self-defeating, mean-spirited and losing culture
of exclusion for a cooperative and winning
culture of inclusion and unity. The West Indies
public expects and deserves nothing less.
"I fully endorse the sentiments and position
taken by the Chairman of Selectors and the
head coach, and I join with Simmons in con-
demning any act that undermined his lead-
ership and the discretion of the board of selec-
tors to field the best team."
Simmons was appointed West Indies head
coach in March after nearly eight years in
charge of Ireland s side. He subsequently
presided over a 1-1 draw in a three-match
series against England and a 2-0 defeat to
Mitchell said he believed the Trinidadian
had the ability to transform the fortunes of
the Windies team once given adequate support,
and urged leadership to avoid the dangers of
"polarization, anger, hatred, resentment, exclu-
sion and adversarial attitudes."
"I believe that if Simmons is given the right
tools to do his job, the liberty to make critical
cricket decisions, the autonomy to create learn-
ing environments in which young players can
grow and prosper, and the freedom to field
the best teams, West Indies cricket will flourish,"
Mitchell pointed out.
"Already the head coach and his coaching
team have taken a great step forward by gaining
the trust, respect and loyalty of the West Indies
players. These are things that administrators
and other West Indies coaches struggled with
and failed to achieve during the last fifteen
He added: "A sports organization needs good
management and administration to function
at its best, but throughout its ranks. The organ-
ization must not be divided unto itself."
Mitchell hits interference
in West Indies selection
Monday, September 28, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
President of the West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) Dave Cameron is crediting
the regional body s expected surplus of
US$2M to a better relationship with the
West Indies Players Association (Wipa).
Speaking at the WICB s Town Hall meet-
ing in Trinidad on Friday night, Cameron
said his Board was expecting a surplus of
US$2 million at the end of the financial year.
He said one of the reasons why this is so
was because the WICB saved a lot by not
having to pay legal fees over battles with
"In the past we have had to spend a lot
of money on things like these but I must
say that is not the case now with our better
relations with the players association and
for this I must thank them."
Cameron added that the WICB stands to
benefit financially from the fact that they
supported the idea of the "big three" having
a bigger say in the sport. WICB supported
the idea of England, India and Australia hav-
ing the major say in executive decisions at
the ICC and this according to Cameron
works well for the regional cricket associ-
"The three commercially viable cricket
boards in the world are England, India and
Australia and to a lesser extent Pakistan.
When you play matches against these coun-
tries you are able to profit from them.
Depending on where you play South Africa,
you can break even but the others you will
normally stand to lose or not gain anything
financially. By supporting the big three, one
of the things we have done is to get away
from the FTP (Future Tours Programme).
The FTP came into effect in 1998 and the
West Indies was forced to stage unprofitable
home and away tours. You would have
noticed how many times we played Zim-
babwe and Bangladesh here in the Caribbean.
We were losing money under this arrange-
ment and this is what put us in the financial
position we are in. Now with the FTP
through the door we can negotiate with big-
ger teams for matches and this would better
our financial position. Under the FTP you
only made money by hosting teams, now
you can negotiate with the respective boards
and make money even when you tour.
Cameron said the West Indies stand a
chance of improving in this area. "Our team
can make this even better by beating the
bigger teams. When they do this, then we
can demand more from those countries
when we play them."
He said another positive thing that came
out of the decision to support the big three
was the fact that there is now a Test fund
that can be dipped into twice a year, to create
a cushion against the unprofitable tours.
"As I see it we now have a bankable FTP
and we have to look to see how best we can
benefit from this because we know of the
financial environment we live in.
"We are not isolated from the rest of the
Caribbean, where 14 of the 15 countries are
under International Monetary Fund (IMF)
programmes. Only Trinidad is not under the
programme, the others are and as a result
because we are operating in this environment
it is difficult for us and we have to do as
best as we can to survive and develop at the
BRIDGETOWN---Legendary former West
Indies captain Clive Lloyd has paid special
tribute to late Indian cricket administrator,
Jagmohan Dalmiya, lauding him as some-
one who had "a deep passion" for the
The 71-year-old Lloyd, the most suc-
cessful captain in cricket history, described
Dalmiya as someone who "loved cricket"
and gave all he could "for the good of the
"He did a lot for Indian cricket and world
cricket. He was a very strong person and
we got along very well," said Lloyd, the
current chairman of West Indies selectors.
"He was very well respected and rose
to the highest office in world cricket. He
gave yeoman service to the game and
brought it to where it is today. He was a
very likeable person and it is indeed sad
that he has passed on.
"We have lost a great administrator and
a true family man, and someone who loved
the great game of cricket."
Dalmiya was a former president of crick-
et s world governing body, the International
Cricket Council, and was serving as head
of the Board for Cricket Control of India
(BCCI) at the time of his death last Sun-
The 75-year-old has also been credited
for transforming India cricket into financial
giants but Lloyd said there was much more
to Dalmiya s legacy.
"One of his strengths was that he helped
the game to reach a strong financial footing,
and a lot of people talk about that aspect
of his administration, but there was much
more to him that just that," Lloyd pointed
Ireland's Tommy Bowe scores a try during the Rugby World Cup Pool D match between
Ireland and Romania at Wembley Stadium, London, yesterday. See story on page 63.
hero of cricket
of better relations
Links Archive September 27th 2015 September 29th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page