Cricket West Indies directors, Enoch Lewis and Conde Riley, have sparred publicly over the recent choice of Richard Pybus
Cricket West Indies 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 “hand-picking” 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 here.
“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.