Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Coaches, selectors to work together, says WICB

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has agreed to explore mechanisms by which coaches and selectors from the various territorial boards can meet in a structured manner to discuss matters of importance to West Indies cricket.

This was announced via a media release following the WICB Board of Directors meeting at Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain on Saturday.

Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) chairman of selectors Dudnath Ramkessoon believes that it is a move in the right direction.

Via a media release on Saturday, the WICB said: “The Board agreed to explore mechanisms by which the head coaches of each senior men’s territorial team along with the West Indies men’s team head coach, West Indies women’s team head coach, SAGICOR HPC head coach and head coach of the Combined Campuses and Colleges meet in a structured manner to discuss matters of importance to West Indies cricket.”

The WICB also agreed to explore ways in which “The West Indies chairman of selectors, West Indies senior men’s team head coach, chairmen of selectors for each territorial senior men’s team meet in a structured manner to discuss matters of importance to West Indies cricket.”

Ramkessoon said that such a plan, once it comes off, will definitely benefit regional cricket.

“I think it is something positive and a move in the right direction for the development of West Indies cricket. With the selectors coming together, there can be a common understanding as the selection policy and what is expected of players, and all the territories will be moving with a plan in the same direction.

“It is also important that the head coaches can get together with the West Indies head coach who can now identify what he thinks are the shortcomings of a particular player and say what is required for the improvement of the player. The West Indies head coach can reinforce that with the territorial coaches, who can now go back to their respective teams and put plans in place to ensure all the different areas identified can be improved on.

“Again, it will facilitate all the territories moving in the same direction, and any mechanism that is put in place that can get more heads together in the different areas to have more dialogue taking place in a structured manner will certainly redound to the benefit of West Indies cricket,” Ramkessoon added.

The WICB also announced the reinstatement of the Cricket Development Committee, which will be chaired by newly elected vice president Emmanuel Nanthan.

Also sitting on that committee are TTCB director Dr Allen Sammy, Anand Sanasie, Fritz Harris and Gregory Willock.