The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has slammed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over its recent decision to re-appoint its selectors.
Chairman of selectors, Clyde Butts, former West Indies wicketkeeper Courtney Browne, and Robert Haynes were all returned to their posts by the WICB, recently, for a further two years. But WIPA has blasted the Board over concerns of "very serious breaches" of the Collective Bargaining Agreement/ Memorandum of Understanding (CBA/MOU) between the parties.
The WICB attempted to terminate the CBA/MOU last year after it expired in November, but WIPA successfully filed for an injunction in a Trinidad and Tobago court to prevent the Board doing so.
In a press release yesterday, WIPA stated that the Board had been found guilty of breaching Article VII of the MOU, which deals with the selection of players to the West Indies team.
Among the findings of arbitrator Seenath Jairam, the Board was said to have failed to conduct its selection process fairly, and had made "denigrating" statements about players in matters concerning batsmen Lendl Simmons and Ramnaresh Sarwan.
WIPA also claimed that Butts, under oath, admitted to being unclear about the contents of the CBA/MOU, and the process of appraising players.
WIPA feels the decision to keep the selectors shows that the WICB has "total disregard for due process" and "no regard" for its players.
The players' body said it hopes new CEO Michael Muirhead will "change the current landscape by bringing reason, order, accountability and good governance to the table".