Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hinds begins full term as WIPA boss

l Kingston

Former West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds has been given a full term as president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

At the Annual General Meeting of the players body at the Capital Plaza Hotel here on Saturday, Hinds was elected unopposed, as was the rest of the executive.

Hinds acted as interim president for nine months last year after the incumbent Dinanath Ramnarine stepped down.

He has been a member of WIPA's Executive since 2002, serving as treasurer for four years, and vice-president for six years under Ramnarine. And Hinds said he was happy to serve again.

"I am deeply committed to the work which WIPA has been and is doing on behalf of our membership, and I look forward to working with our new executive, along with our staff in furthering our objectives," he said in a WIPA press release.

The president said that 2013, "will be a challenging year for WIPA and its members as we continue to try and build a partnership type environment between ourselves and the WICB."

Hinds said high on WIPA's agenda will be the issues surrounding the terms and conditions in the contracts for retained players, improved fees for first-class cricketers and negotiations with Verus International and the WICB regarding the proposed Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

He added: "Of course, there are also the ongoing and pending legal matters which are to be decided and heard during the upcoming year."

The new members of the WIPA executive are Patterson Thompson and Nixon McLean, both former West Indian fast bowlers, from Barbados and St Vincent respectively, along with Wayne Lewis, the hard-hitting former Jamaican opening batsman.

Thompson, currently a commercial airline pilot, was enthusiastic about his nomination.

"I consider it an honour to be nominated, and look forward to working on behalf of the players in whatever way I can. I strongly believe in the value that the Players' Association provides to all first-class cricketers in the region."

At the meeting, the membership was addressed by CEO of the WICB, Michael Muirhead, who expressed the WICB's strong desire "to work in collaboration with WIPA and the players, as part of a single Caribbean cricket family."

WIPA's CEO, Michael Hall also spoke at the AGM and gave an update on the outstanding legal matters which would affect the players, including the matter of the WICB's attempt to terminate the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for which a decision is expected in a month's time.

New WIPA executive

President: Wavell Hinds (returning)

Vice-President: Patterson Thompson

Treasurer: Nixon McLean

Secretary: Wayne Lewis

Assistant Secretary: Samuel Badree (returning)