Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME TO make deal

New CEO confident of better ties with WIPA


Getting acquainted: Newly appointed West Indies Cricket Board CEO Michael Muirhead, right, chats with Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board first vice-president Dudnath Ramkessoon, left, and TTCB director on the West Indies Cricket Board Dr Allan Sammy during a press conference at Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain yesterday. The press conference was held to introduce Muirhead to the T&T media. –Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

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Twenty days into his tenure as West Indies Cricket Board CEO and Michael Muirhead is already getting an idea of the challenges ahead.

Dealing with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) is one such challenge, but the newly appointed CEO is confident that the relations between the WICB and players body will get better during his tenure.

Muirhead was introduced to the local media at a press conference at the Hyatt Regency yesterday and one of the first questions asked by the media was about the relationship between the board and WIPA.

Of WIPA he said: "It has always been out in the public domain, prior to me coming has always been contentious and I don't believe it has to be.

"I believe there is no reason why we can't sit down at the table and come to some decision. It may not be in favour of each in the way we set out for it to be, but we must compromise," he added.

Muirhead, whose appointment as CEO of the WICB is his first in cricket administration, described the presence of the players' body as a necessity.

"The West Indies Players Association is an entity that is welcomed by the WICB. I think there is no fear of WIPA...What they are is a necessary arm to ensure that players' rights are always looked out for an upheld," said Muirhead.

And by the end of his tenure as CEO, Muirhead wants a fairer and less contentious relationship with WIPA and believes his temperament and how he approaches things will help in that regard.

He said: "What we want to ensure is that in dealing with the WICB who is the employer, there is fair play, there is compromise and always a willingness to sit down and negotiate.

"I think all of us need to be aware that in every form of negotiation, there is give and there is take and once we are prepared to do that then there is absolutely no reason why we should not have resolution to just about any matter that is brought to us."

The new CEO added: "So I am quite open, and willing and capable of having a harmonious relationship, albeit with each of us looking out for our own ideals, but ultimately to ensure that resolution takes place.

"I think my temperament and how I approach things will lend itself positively to achieving this, so I strongly believe that at the end of my tenure, WIPA will be a less contentious issue than compared to me coming in. And I am starting, even after 20 days, to see that that is very possible."