Richards quits as chairman of selectors
…Clyde Butts now a senior selector
June 21, 2004
FORMER West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards has resigned as the West Indies Cricket Board's chairman of selectors to take up a job as a BBC Test Match Special pundit.
Richards had been up for re-election but decided instead to commentate on the West Indies tour of England.
The legendary batsman had been accused, along with other selectors, of "verbally belittling" players during two recent home series.
The WICB has appointed an interim selection committee for two months.
After that period a review of the management structure of the West Indies team will be published which will "have an impact on the role of selectors", the WICB said in a statement.
Michael ‘Joey’ Carew will be chairman of the interim committee which will also feature former Test batsman Gordon Greenidge.
They were both existing selectors and are joined by former Test off-spinner Clyde Butts.
Courtney Walsh, who retired in 2001 after becoming the most successful fast bowler in world cricket, was nominated for election but did not gain a post on the committee.
The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) claims its members have been victimised by selectors this year.
Its president Dinanath Ramnarine told The Independent on Sunday: "They were verbally belittled and threatened in public by selectors.
"Our members spoke of outright intimidation by selectors.” (BBC Sport).