The board of directors of the West Indies Cricket Board have approved 19 'historic' changes to develop West Indies cricket with the goal of returning them to the top of the world rankings.
The Caribbean nation has not dominated world cricket since the 1980s and 1990s and have only tasted success at the 2004 Champions Trophy and the ICC World Twenty20 2012 since.
20 recommendations were put to the board following an extensive report compiled by Director of Cricket Richard Pybus.
The report holds 'West Indies First' as its guiding principle and 19 of the recommendations it made were approved by the board.
The report follows a comprehensive three-month, region-wide study which Pybus conducted between November 2013 and January 2014.
Some of the approvals include:
1. The West Indies Head Coach to be added to the Selection Panel and will have full voting rights
2. The West Indies Captain(s) to be added to the Selection Panel as non-voting members
3. Structured year round cricket programme for all West Indies and all First Class contracted players
4. 15 full time annually contracted players to each Territorial Board
5. Double round matches (home and away) for minimum of ten matches a season for regional First Class teams
6. Professional administrative and coaching staff for each First Class team
7. West Indies High Performance Programme to cater to the ‘next in line’ West Indies players (effectively the West Indies A Team)
8. WICB to appoint Coaching Manager to implement and oversee coaching programme throughout the region
9. Implement ‘Elite Coaches Pathway’ programme which will identify current and former players for accelerated coaching training
10. Establish West Indies Cricket Captains Council to utilise the cricket knowledge and experience of some of the world’s greatest cricketers, tapping into the cricket wisdom of the former great West Indies Captains to inform cricket policy and implementation
The full report can be downloaded by clicking the link above.
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