May 25, 2012
Holding blasts board, Gibson
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Legendary former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding has once again slammed the West Indies Cricket Board's (WICB) management of the sport in the region and says their treatment of current senior players leaves a lot to be desired.
In an interview with British tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mail, Holding accused WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire of arrogance and head coach Ottis Gibson of being unable to properly manage players.
Holding also charged that the reason for the absence of key senior players for the current England tour was because of the poor treatment meted out to them by the WICB.
"We have a chief executive, Ernest Hilaire, who thinks he owns West Indies cricket. He has the wrong attitude. He's very arrogant. He thinks he is always right and he doesn't listen to anyone," Holding said bluntly.
not a boot camp
"Ottis Gibson needs to understand that the West Indies cricket team is not a boot camp. He needs to learn how to man-manage."
He continued: "A lot of the senior players who should be playing in England have a very bad relationship with the board. They are unhappy with the treatment that has been meted out to them.
"It's about time the board realised that the people they are dealing with are human beings - they are not commodities. They need respect. They need to be treated properly."
Holding pointed to the widely publicised fallout between the board and marquee batsman Chris Gayle which has led to the player's exclusion from the regional side for over a year now.
Gayle criticised Hilaire and Gibson in a highly charged interview following the World Cup last year, and the WICB subsequently demanded an apology from the Jamaican before he could be considered for selection.
Though Holding acknowledged that Gayle should have been prepared for the fallout from his actions, he chastised the board for acting like "schoolboys".
"Chris Gayle has to know there is repercussion if you're critical of the board in public," said Holding, who took 249 wickets from 60 Tests.
"But the board have behaved like schoolboys. Instead of sitting down with him and trying to sort things out, they keep condemning the man and asking him to apologise."
He also took the WICB to task over their treatment of fast bowler Jerome Taylor, contending the board had discouraged the player with their fitness demands.
The injury-prone Taylor has played 29 Tests and 66 One-Day Internationals but has not suited up in two years for the regional side.
Holding also lashed out at the Board's persistence with Darren Sammy as the choice of captain, saying the move was damaging to the regional side.
"They want Sammy as captain, irrespective of whether it's good for the team balance or not," Holding said.