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Perhaps most importantly, Grave
is open to looking into a new system
of central contracts subject to finan-
cial and board approval. Instead of
three different bands, he suggests
three separate contracts for each of
Test, ODI and T20I cricket may be
He is realistic about the competing
demands of overseas T20 leagues and
has no intention of going head-to-
head with the IPL--- "it may well be
our season has to stop before the IPL
starts," he says---but feels that, with
just a bit of compromise, this can be
"a win-win" situation for the players,
the board and, most importantly, the
Cricket must be
an Olympic soprt again
He also favours cricket's return to
the Olympics, a Test Championship
and a World T20 every two years.
"[The Olympics] is the only way
we'll crack the American and even
Chinese markets," he says. "I know
there will be practical problems, but
we can find a resolution, I'm sure.
It's essential if we really want to be
a global game."
Having attended his first ICC
meeting, where Test cricket was high
on the agenda, he says "there was a
remarkable level of consensus about
the need for context".
The 50-over World Cup will, he
believes, continue well beyond 2019
but West Indies may already have
played their last Champions Tro-
Meanwhile the start time of T20
games against Pakistan will be put
back to 12.30 pm, the latest the cur-
rent broadcast deal will allow, and in
future ticket prices will be aimed at
the local market.
While Richard Pybus' reputation
divides opinion---his hard line stance
towards selection has caused some
division and looks certain to be re-
viewed---Grave is quick to praise his
contribution as director of cricket in
Certainly Pybus' work in estab-
lishing professional leagues for the
game in the Caribbean should be his
It's less glamorous than the work
around the international teams, but it
provides the foundations upon which
future West Indies teams can be built
and has meant, for the first time, that
regional players are employed on a
professional basis earning between
US$15,000-30,000 a year.
His successor, Jimmy Adams, may
well come to be grateful for that as-
pect of Pybus' efforts.
No more ultimatums
There are going to be no threats or
ultimatums against those playing in
T20 leagues or taking the Kolpak op-
Instead Grave hopes to persuade
the majority of Caribbean players
that their future can be more re-
warding within the fold.
"I see the Kolpak situation as ad-
vantageous to West Indies cricket,"
"If you are a young player looking
at a career in the game, the possibil-
ity of spending the last few years of
your career as a Kolpak makes the
proposition of a life as a professional
cricketer more realistic.
"Yes, we may lose some players
towards the twilight of their ca-
reers---the likes of Ravi Rampaul,
who has served West Indies cricket
well but has an opportunity to make
some decent money in the last few
years of his career---but we may also
keep a few who otherwise might have
thought the risk of playing cricket
too big to justify."
But what of the prospect of los-
ing younger players to Kolpak or T20
"I don't know how many of them,
if any, would be better off doing that,"
"By the time you've paid your
agents fees and taxes, you don't make
as much money as you think. And
to rule yourself out of international
cricket and the shop window that
represents... I'd have thought any
young player going that route had
been poorly advised.
"Can we really compete on the
global stage without our best play-
ers? I'd think the answer to that is no.
"But we're not going to be held to
ransom. People have to be reasonable
in their expectations. But if we can
communicate what we're trying to
do with everyone involved, I hope we
can take them with us in the direction
we need to go.
"We all want the same thing. If we
work together, we have a much better
chance of achieving it."
"And while I had heard quite a lot
about the tensions between the board
and players, my impression so far has
been very positive.
Jason Holder brought the whole
team into the office last Friday and
introduced them to all the staff.
It was their day-off but he felt it
was important and they spent sever-
al hours here. It was very impressive
and very encouraging."
Grave and Cameron
share same vision
It all sounds great, doesn't it? But
we've heard encouraging talk before.
Grave certainly isn't the first well-in-
tentioned cricket administrator.
Might he find his ideas thwarted and
frustrated by board and committees
and grievances of which he knows
nothing and which go back years?
"I don't get that impression at all,"
"The President [Dave Cameron]
and I share the same vision and so
far he's entrusted me to get on with
the job. He's been very supportive.
I think the board want to empower
the executive to make decisions and
that's the message I'm passing on to
everyone who works here.
"There is a lot to do, but we can
do it. I'm very excited by the pos-
"Look, I don't yet know much
about the differing characteristic of
each of the territories or the tensions
that might exist between them.
" I've no baggage and I don't want
any of us to be weighed down by that
stuff. We need positive relationships
with all of our stakeholders and we
all have to look forward."
Just about every Caribbean dawn
is spectacular. But this feels differ-
ent. It feels like a new start. These are
early days and there will, no doubt,
be snags along the way.
But for the first time in many years,
it feels as if there is cause for opti-
mism in Caribbean cricket.
'No more threats and ultimatums'
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There are going to be no threats or ultimatums against those
playing in T20 leagues or taking the Kolpak option. Instead Grave
hopes to persuade the majority of Caribbean players that their
future can be more rewarding within the fold.
There has been plenty of silverware in West Indies' recently, but that hasn't helped sort out the problems
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