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West Indies in a Better Place Now???

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Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), will not be renewing his contract after four years in the job. Muirhead’s contract is up for renewal on October 12 is pleased with what he has done in the time since he replaced Ernest Hilaire in 2012. “I came in at a time when the state of finances at the board were in deficit and in my brief tenure I have managed to turn around and will be leaving with a surplus,” said Muirhead in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.

Bengaluru : West Indies bowler Carlos Brathwaite celebrates the wicket of Tilakratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka during the ICC World T20 match between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak(PTI3_20_2016_000204B)

According to Muirhead, the relationship between the WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has improved significantly under his stewardship and has gone as far as to positively impact the financial standing of the board. “When I came in it was extremely hostile between us and the players’ association. We were in court regularly,” he said.

during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between England and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India.

“There was judgement and arbitration against us. I think I played a more conciliatory role instead of being antagonistic to the point that we have not had petitions against us. Our legal fees have gone down significantly. And we have a good relationship with the union (WIPA),” he said.

Though there have been significant issues under his stewardship, like a walkout on a tour of India, Muirhead believes the relationship with the players has also headed in the right direction. Evidence of that, Muirhead believes, lies in the results of a symposium the WICB hosted after India’s tour of the United States recently.  “A lot of players were able to speak quite frankly. The lines of communication are now re-opened,” said Muirhead. In addition, Muirhead is buoyed by having had the West Indies win four global titles under his watch. The first came in 2012 when the West Indies won the first of its two World T20 titles. Between the two titles, the second coming just last year in India, the West Indies Women also won a World T20 title, their first global accolade, while the West Indies Under-19 won the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

 

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