CWI di­rec­tors clash over Py­bus hir­ing

The Star (Jamaica) - - Sports The Weekend Star - BRIDGETOWN, BAR­BA­DOS (CMC):

Cricket West In­dies (CWI) di­rec­tors, Enoch Lewis and Conde Ri­ley, have sparred pub­licly over the re­cent choice of Richard Py­bus for se­nior men’s head coach, fur­ther in­creas­ing the ran­cour sur­round­ing the English­man’s ap­point­ment less than two weeks be­fore the open­ing Test against Eng­land.

Lewis has been highly crit­i­cal of Py­bus’s se­lec­tion and wrote to CWI last month lam­bast­ing the way the se­lec­tion process was car­ried out, while also ac­cus­ing pres­i­dent Dave Cameron of “hand­pick­ing” Py­bus for the job.

How­ever, Ri­ley, the Bar­ba­dos Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent, de­fended Py­bus’s ap­point­ment, rub­bish­ing Lewis’s claims and con­tend­ing that CWI board had sanc­tioned the move.

“On the ninth of De­cem­ber, this whole mat­ter was ven­ti­lated (at a board meet­ing in Trinidad). It was put to the vote,” Ri­ley said dur­ing a stormy ex­change with Lewis on the pop­u­lar cricket ra­dio show, Ma­son and Guest, broad­cast on the Star­com Net­work.

“I do not know what more due process should be fol­lowed when a full board, in­clud­ing the 12 di­rec­tors from the six ter­ri­to­ries - along with the two in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tors – voted. The pres­i­dent had one vote.”

He con­tin­ued: “The Board ven­ti­lated a whole thing as to who should be in­terim coach. There was a vote; the vote was 12-4 and that was how Mr Py­bus be­came the in­terim coach.

How­ever, Ri­ley’s as­ser­tion was re­jected by Lewis, who said the is­sue lay in the fact the board, along with di­rec­tor of cricket, Jimmy Adams, and the CWI cricket com­mit­tee, had been ex­cluded from the re­cruit­ment of Py­bus.

Re­it­er­at­ing what he stated in his frank let­ter of com­plaint to CWI, Lewis said after Cameron had de­ter­mined that ne­go­ti­a­tions with the board-ap­proved can­di­date Nic Pothas, had bro­ken down, the Ja­maican ad­min­is­tra­tor had head­hunted Py­bus, ne­go­ti­ated and con­cluded a deal in­clud­ing salary, with­out any prior au­tho­ri­sa­tion from the CWI board.

“We were go­ing to hire some­body from the ex­ist­ing coach­ing staff. That was ap­proved by the board,” Lewis said, ac­cus­ing Ri­ley of “try­ing to mis­lead the pub­lic”.

“We made no de­ci­sion out­side of that to con­tact any­body else. The board made no de­ci­sion. If that didn’t work out, what should hap­pen is that mat­ter should come back to the board and the board should then de­ter­mine a process as to how we’re go­ing to go for­ward. That did not take place.

“What hap­pened when the so­called break­down of ne­go­ti­a­tions took place, was that a sin­gle per­son reached out, con­tacted one per­son in this whole world. Not only con­tacted the per­son but ne­go­ti­ated with the per­son, in­clud­ing a salary and came back to the board and said ‘I have done this’. I am say­ing this is not due process.”



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