WICB yet to ratify Windies captain ... Hooper is firm favourite

Guyana Chronicle
Maarch 1, 2001

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CANA) - The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday it was still awaiting responses from all its board members before announcing its captain for the 2001 Cable and Wireless home series against South Africa.

WICB's Chief Executive Officer Gregory Shillingford told CANA that a recommendation for the captaincy has come from the selection panel but he had not received responses from all 14 Board members.

"I have called people and we have been trying to get in contact with Board members by phone and e-mail but all have not been available," Shillingford said.

He said that because of this process, it was unlikely an announcement would be made until today.

"The majority of the Board members must agree to the recommendation either in writing or verbally but this process will not conclude today (Wednesday)," Shillingford added.

The Barbados Advocate newspaper reported yesterday that all-rounder Carl Hooper was recommended by the selectors for the captaincy after gaining a majority vote from the selectors at a lengthy meeting in Guyana Monday night.

Since returning to the Caribbean this year, Hooper has been in record-breaking form in the Busta Cricket Series.

The classy right-handed batsman has amassed a new regional record of 889 runs with four centuries and captured 24 wickets in helping Guyana earn second place in the Busta Cup and a berth in the inaugural Busta International Shield final.

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