Poor tournament structure hurt Windies cricket - Cameron

December 05, 2015

DAVE Cameron, head of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), says a previous lack of proper regional tournament structures is one of the main reasons why the West Indies has been struggling at the international level.

"It's not by any magic why we have not been doing well," says Cameron.

"We have been using amateurs to play against professionals."

In trying to lay a foundation relating to West Indies' current bottom-of-the-table positions on the Test and one-day international rankings, Cameron explained that what the region had before 2014 were players going to "regular work", and not focusing on being professional cricketers.

Thereafter, he said, these players would be invited to participating in national trial matches, and if successful, would be asked to play first-class season of only five games.

Cameron said the WICB, under his leadership, had to change things.

"There is no way that if this was allowed to continue we could have consistently beat professional teams and players from around the world," Cameron said.

"We have created a professional set-up for players and officials, whereby, we have six functional franchise teams that are running year-in, year-out."

Starting with the summer-long Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20, players are afforded the opportunity to play in a reintroduced 10-match first-class tournament between November and April each season.

The regional Super 50 one-day tournament is another such tournament.

"These (structures) are the systems that are used in the UK, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand," he said.

Cameron, who is almost midway his second two-year term as president, added that these new regional tournament structures, have resulted in the full-time employment of 105 players.

The full-time players include 90 at the regional first-class level and 15 at the international level.

The part-time players are enumerated on pay-for-play basis at the international and regional level.

"With the advent of the CPL Twenty20 our players move from earning roughly US$550 (JA$65,642) per game to roughly US$150,000 (JA$17,902,499) for the season," said Cameron.

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