WICB Directors complete quarterly meeting
The directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) held their quarterly meeting at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados on Thursday and Friday.
The meeting had a discussion on West Indies’ Future Tours Program, which will include a triangular series with Pakistan and Zimbabwe in August-September.
The tournament that will be hosted by Zimbabwe will have its detailed scheduled revealed later in the month.
The WICB also zeroed in on a non-tolerance approach while dealing with the various issues pertaining to the team.
Team policies will be analyzed in detail with the various obligations of the WICB with full powers to be given to the coach and manager.
A player booklet that will contain the policies to be followed by the cricketers is being published in addition to which the WICB will compile a video for awareness purposes.
This video is being made with an eye on motivating and making the players aware of their responsibilities towards the team.
Known for their fast bowling in yesteryear, the quality of quicks has come down in the last decade – an issue that the WICB has put in the priority list to deal with.
The WICB has found out that majority of the overs in the regional tournaments are being bowled by spinners leaving lesser roles for the pacers.
Issues pertaining to the WICB professional league were also discussed with the franchises given motivation to carry out a reasonable salary package with their selectors.
The franchises are also supposed to provide a solid plan for player inclusion while also finding a solution for those players who relocated in the previous season.
Keeping in mind the comfort level of the players, the WICB has decided to put a minimum qualification level for the coaches and physiotherapists of the professional league.
The coaches are expected to possess Level-2 qualification which in three months of appointment will be elevated to level-3.
The physiotherapists should compulsorily hold a Masters degree in sports medicine or having experience with cricket at the highest level.
The WICB Professional League will also have a player ranking system to evaluate the performances of the cricketers.
The quality of performances will influence the grading of contract that will be provided to the players over the course of time.
Umpires are always the unsung heroes of the game and the WICB have decided to increase their match fees and allowances for those who are involved in the B panel.
This move has been made with an idea to restore the pending imbalance between the A and B panels of umpires.
With sponsorship playing a crucial aspect in cricket, the WICB has decided to opt for a high-end commercial sponsor to develop the game in a financially stable way.
The WICB also confirmed the schedule for Pakistan Women's tour later this year which will see the two sides compete in four One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
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