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WICB directors take critical decisions to advance West Indies cricket development

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (WICB) — The board of directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) met in Antigua on Friday and Saturday and took a number of crucial decisions to advance West Indies cricket development at all levels.Review of the WICB Draft Strategic FrameworkThe board reviewed the Draft Strategic Framework 2011-2016 as prepared by the management of the WICB. The Board made recommendations, additions and amendments which will be incorporated into the framework. The framework will then be shared with key stakeholders in West Indies cricket for their contributions and suggestions.Following the contributions of key stakeholders – players, sponsors, match officials, etc – the Strategic Framework will be brought to the Board of Directors in July for final approval and execution thereafter.Draft Schedule of Cricket 2011-2012Directors reviewed the draft schedule of cricket for the next financial year of the WICB (October 2011 – September 2012) and decided the following:1. The WICB Regional 50 Over Tournament will, as of the 2011-2012 season, be hosted by Territorial Boards on a rotational basis.2. The WICB Regional 50 Over Tournament 2011 scheduled for October (18th to 31st) will be hosted in Guyana.Event MOU between the WICB and Territorial BoardsThe Board approved an Event Memorandum of Understanding between the WICB and Territorial Boards.Umpires pathway and Curators ProgrammeThe Board evaluated and approved an Umpires Pathway for West Indian umpires to advance in their profession and officiate at the highest levels of world cricket.The Board approved the implementation of a Curator’s Programme and has mandated the WICB Management to finalize terms and conditions for the involvement of the ICC Pitch Consultant. The Curators Programme will be designed and executed to for the up-skilling of ground and pitch curators across the region.Policies and codesThe Board of Directors approved the following:1. WICB Communications and Public Relations Policy2. WICB Anti-Doping Code3. WICB Anti-Corruption CodeReportsThe Board received reports from the Chief Executive Officer and on the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket and Digicel Grassroots Cricket programmes.At the annual general meeting, which took place following the board of directors meetings, Dr Julian Hunte was re-elected unopposed to the presidency of the WICB. Hunte will serve a third consecutive two-year term, ending March 2013.Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron was also re-elected unopposed to the office of vice president. Cameron will also serve his third term in the post.Hunte and Cameron first assumed the offices of president and vice president in July 2007.“We are at a critical stage in West Indies cricket in terms of the setting up the infrastructure to take us forward. As president I am committed to ensuring that the Strategic Framework which we are now refining is implemented and becomes operational during my term,” Hunte said.“The realization of the Cricket Foundation – which we have begun to formulate – is also fundamentally necessary to fund the future growth and development of West Indies cricket,” he added.“We have commenced the process of the development of West Indies cricket at all levels and we must see this process through,” Hunte noted.“Thus far, this Board has had significant progress in the realisation of the Sagicor High Performance Center, a revitalized West Indies A Team programmes, success in Women’s cricket, a widely successful Caribbean Twenty20 and expansion of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket and launching of the Digicel Grassroots programmes which will all meld together to ensure future success and that our cricket is strong again at all levels,” he said.Turning his attention to the West Indies senior team, Hunte asserted that the WICB must hold true to the position it adopted towards building a successful West Indies senior team.“We all share in the anguish and disappointment of the fans with the recent performance of our senior team in the Cricket World Cup. Whilst we are happy that the team made it to the quarter-finals we expected a better performance and greater fighting spirit from our players,” he said.“However we need to be honest that we have a lot more work to do to reach the level where the senior team is consistently successful at the international level,” Hunte added. “We remain committed to our policy position adopted in October, 2010 which will guide our planning, preparation and selection.”WICB Selection PolicySelect players with a clear signal that we are building a sideWICB expects a settled ODI team by the year 2013The two year period between 2013 and 2015 is to be used as the final preparation to winning the 2015 ICC Cricket World CupWICB expects a settled Twenty20 team by 2012The two year period between 2012-2014 to be used as final preparation towards winning the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 Championship“We fully expect the Selection Committee to follow these goals whilst management will do what is necessary to provide the resources to the HPC and Team Management to achieve the outlined goals,” Hunte concluded.Source: Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring! 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