'No overseas tours, no salary made me step down'
-says Viv Richards
Stabroek News
June 23, 2004

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Former chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board's (WICB) senior selection committee Sir Vivian Richards says the fact that he was to be stopped from touring with the senior West Indies team coupled with the fact that he was not being paid a salary were factors that influenced his decision to step down as a West Indies' cricket selector.

According to the BBC website, Richards said he resigned as West Indies' chief selector because of a change in policy and because he was not being paid a salary.

A release from the West Indies Cricket Board, said the `Master Blaster' as the former Antigua and Leeward Islands' player was called, quit after agreeing to work for BBC radio this summer.

But Richards told the BBC he stepped down because he was going to be stopped from joining the team on overseas tours and because he was only paid expenses.

"It left me a little bit in the water," the 52-year-old Antiguan told BBC Sport.

Following Richards' decision to resign, West Indies cricket chiefs appointed an interim selection committee for two months.

Joey Carew will be chairman of the interim committee, which will also feature Gordon Greenidge and Guyana's Clyde Butts, who initial reports stated was tipped to replace Carew and not Richards.

However in an effort to clarify the situation following Richards' comments to the BBC, the WICB last evening forwarded a 10-point response.

"Following the announcement of the interim selection committees by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) last Saturday evening, there have been some comments and observations, which truly do not reflect the situation," the WICB statement said.

"In that respect the WICB would like to make the following points:

1. The Senior and Junior Selection Committees were appointed in June 2002 for a period of two years. That term expired in June 2004.

2. Normally as with all WICB committees, nominations were invited from which new committees would be put in place to take effect from immediately after the Annual General Meeting, which was held in Guyana on 19th June, 2004.

3. Nominations were received for the Senior and Junior Selection Committees including the incumbents.

4. The WICB took into consideration its intention to institute a new management structure for West Indies cricket to be implemented following the ICC Champions Trophy event in England, which ends in September 2004. The Board decided to extend the term of the Senior and Junior Selection Committees until that time so that the Junior Selection Committee could oversee the TCL Under-19 Tournament in August and the Senior Selection Committee could select the team for the ICC Champions Trophy.

5. Subsequent to that decision, the Board then considered a report from the Chairman of the Senior Selectors, Sir Vivian Richards, submitted on 16th June, 2004. The report dealt with the 2002/2004 term of the Selectors and contained several specific recommendations to the Board, some of which are being considered for implementation.

6. In addition, Sir Vivian brought to the Board's attention the fact that he had committed himself to doing commentary on the on-going West Indies tour to England. He also stated that while he appreciated that there might be a conflict of interest, notwithstanding that, he would be available to fulfill his role as a Selector, if so appointed.

7. Several directors of the Board shared the information that within their territorial boards it was considered that the duties of a selector were in conflict with the obligations of a commentator. After discussion, the Board took the view that the same conflict would exist in this case. As a result, the decision was taken not to extend Sir Vivian's appointment.

8. Sir Vivian was immediately informed by telephone of the Board's decision.

9. It is the intention of the Board to invite nominations in due course to the Senior and Junior Selection Committees that will succeed the interim committees. When the process is re-opened, Sir Vivian certainly will be eligible for nomination and full consideration.

10. The Board has written to Sir Vivian to thank him for his contribution in yet another area of West Indies cricket development and to express the hope that he would remain available in this and any other capacity."