ST JOHN’S, Antigua- Former West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman Ridley Jacobs wants the current executive of Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) to tender their resignation.
Jacobs’ call comes amidst revelations that a 13-member senior national squad that left for Montserrat on Thursday to compete in the LICA Three Day Tournament did not receive an opportunity to train ahead of the tournament.
“It’s a concern because I am very distressed over what is happening because I can’t understand that you could have a national team representing Antigua that has never trained and it’s crazy,” Jacobs said.
“These guys need to resign without any question because they are not doing anything. They talk about we need to develop youngsters but they are not doing anything. Now they get their opportunity, they are not doing anything so they need to resign.”
Jacobs is speaking after being replaced as head coach of the senior national team.
That is also one of his complaints. He is upset, saying he took the volunteer position when no one wanted it and was replaced without notice.
Another former West Indies cricketer, Winston Benjamin, was appointed coach of the new team.
“All I know is that they have another coach and there was no one asking me if I wanted to do the job again or if I am fired for whatever reason. I don’t know. (For) every opportunity that I see presents itself, I am willing to go out there and do work for my country,” the former international player said.
“So last year when nobody was really available, I was there to help the cricket association push forward; but this year I don’t know what happened. I guess last year I didn’t do well enough so this year they have a different coach.”
ABCA President Zorol Barthley said Jacobs didn’t respond to a letter informing him that all positions needed new applications since a new executive was in place.
Barthley said the letter was sent out months ago.
“One of the things they went about doing was to put a process in place whereby people interested in the jobs at the varying levels – at under-15, under-19, senior team – would apply for the job,” Barthley said.
”One of the early requests was for communication to be sent to all people who were involved in the operations last year advising of the process and also thanking for the service of the past and anticipating applications. There were some applications and those persons who applied have subsequently been assigned to the team.
“Once the local cricket season had started and once the new executive had gotten on the ground and had identified some processes that we wanted to go through, and it was publicised with regards to persons interested in the job to show an interest,” he added.
The Antigua & Barbuda senior national team is currently taking on Montserrat in a three-day match in Montserrat.