Lewis: Process Was Fair

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By Carlena Knight

President of the Leeward Islands Cricket Board (LICB) Enoch Lewis has spoken out in an effort to squash rumors that the selection and overall process of appointing a new head coach was in any way biased.

Many persons in the public accused the Board of ill-treating the now former head coach, Antiguan Winston Benjamin who, in their opinion, deserved to be reappointed.

Lewis was speaking last week on the Good Moring JoJo Sports Show when he made the comments.

“People got to understand that the Leeward Islands Cricket Board is not an Antiguan board or a St. Kitts board or BVI board. It’s made up of 8 territories and different directors are going to have different opinions as to exactly what needs to change. Yes, I am the president, but the directors can vote for a particular position and that’s what they did – vote according to what the job advertised.”

Lewis was pleased with the overall process which he claimed was fair.

“I think that the process – what I am pleased with – the process of selecting this coach was a process that was fair, I believe; and, at the end of the day, that was the outcome. I do not think that anyone went out of their way to try and push anybody forward or hold anybody back.”

Chief selector Stuart Williams now takes up the mantle as head coach, effective October 1st.

Williams will, however, first have to resign from his present post.

According to the president, there is no rush at this time to fill that position.

“There is no hurry to get that done. Our next tournament doesn’t come up until a month’s time; and so, between now and that time, we will certainly have somebody in place who will become our third selector.”

He noted that although another selector will be appointed, he or she may not necessarily play the role of chief.

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