Cricket West Indies sacks Roger Harper-led selection panel

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Cricket West Indies on Saturday (December 18) sacked its selection committee and set up an interim selection panel. It has also been announced that there will be a new panel soon. Head coach Phil Simmons will be at the helm of the interim panel along with the captains in the respective men’s formats.

“Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket, will oversee the process,” the CWI disclosed. The announcement ends the term of chief selector Roger Harper and his colleague Miles Bascombe. The CWI said their contract, which runs till December 31, will not be extended.

“The recruitment will replace Lead Selector Roger Harper and fellow Selector Miles Bascombe, whose contracts will not be renewed when they come to an end on December 31,” the CWI said in a statement. Asked for a comment on the sacking, CWI chief Ricky Skerritt said there is nothing more to add. The statement speaks for itself, he told Cricbuzz.

The West Indies team has been whitewashed in a Twenty20 International series by Pakistan and had also failed to reach the knockouts of the ICC T20 World Cup in UAE. The Caribbean team had gone into the tournament as defending champions.

The outgoing chief selector accepted the decision with grace. “I would like to thank CWI for the opportunity to serve West Indies cricket in the role of lead selector and I wish the organisation the very best for the future. I would also like to thank all those whose efforts and cooperation helped me to perform my role efficiently. Special thanks to Miles for his professionalism and teamwork. God bless,” Harper, a former West Indies spinner, said.

The West Indies Men’s next series is against Ireland at Sabina Park, Jamaica where they will play a three-match ODI series on January 8, 11 and 14, and a one-off T20I on January 16. The one-off game could be a farewell game for Chris Gayle, something that was previously reported by Cricbuzz. (CRICBUZZ)

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  1. You cannot repeat the same mistakes and expect a different results. Hopefully, the new panel will pick players who wants to play for the Caribbean and not those who feels when they want too. No man ( especially those cabals in the South$ is bigger than the team. No other country allows players to choose when and if. Stopped making excuses for them. History is repeating itself. It’s was the so-called players from the players in most part play a B major role in the team successes and now they are not given the same opportunities as those failures.

      • Wadadli PM is the most visionary and forthright leader in the Caribbean bar none. Never in your history that you have a leader that is recognized more than he by others nationality. Oops… By the way I can’t even vote and don’t live in Wadadli but my forebears are from all over Dadli. The UPPITES was the worst government in Wadadli history. The lips of the wise spread knowledge not so the hearts of fools. Check the mirror, did you see the reflection of the hypocrite and fool?

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