By Neto Baptiste
Former West Indies and national cricketer, Sir Curtly Ambrose, has called on the Leeward Islands Cricket Board (LICB) to reinstate former teammate Winston Benjamin, as coach of the sub-regional squad.
Sir Curtly made the call during a recent interview, after learning that Benjamin had been asked to re-apply for the position as his contract ended on the last day of July.
“When you look at Leeward Islands cricket, since we stopped playing it’s been years since we have been struggling at the bottom of the table, rock bottom, can’t get out of the bottom of the table then you [Winston Benjamin] come along and bring us up where we came third and with a little more luck we could have probably won the championship and all of a sudden now you’re talking about re-apply, just tell them to give you the contract to sign and let’s move on,” he said.
Leeward Islands Hurricanes ended the Regional 4 Day Tournament in third position with 134 points, just .2 points off second placed Barbados who finished with 134.2 points. Guyana won the 2018/19 tournament with 154.2 points.
Sir Curtly said Benjamin has earned an opportunity to continue the work he has started.
“I just figured that come Wednesday, you just walk into the office and sign a new contract and the whole dance done. This is ridiculous, what else do they want you to prove,” he said.
Trinidad & Tobago ended fourth with 112.4 points with Jamaica (97.2) and Windward Islands (92) finishing fifth and sixth respectively.