In what could be termed a reaction to the Dwayne Bravo-led West Indies team controversial pullout from last October’s tour to India, the West Indies Cricket Board have said it will develop a Players Handbook to be issued to all players.
And the handbook, the Board said, will outline responsibilities, expectations, protocols, standards and matters of general conduct.
The Board did not indicate whether the book outlines disciplinary measures for any infraction.
Although none of the players from the ill-fated tour is known to have or to have to face disciplinary action, the Board had made no secret about its displeasure at the players’ withdrawal from play midway though the tour.
But trending across the regional cricketing landscape within recent times is disagreement with the firing of Bravo as captain and his and Keiron Pollard’s exclusion from West Indies One Day International selections.
Dissatisfaction over playing contracts was deemed the main factor in the tour pullout and in a signal that it was adopting a preventative mode in this regard, the Board said the players will be issued with Match/Tour contracts at least three weeks prior to departure for or start of a series.
The Board said it will plan a team building activity in the first week of April, prior to the start of the England tour of the Caribbean.
It said this activity will be geared towards building greater understanding and trust among the players, the Board of Directors and the Board’s management.
In a move to reinforce team staff roles, the Board re-iterated that the Team Manager is the designated head of the West Indies Team delegation and must report to the Chief Executive Officer.
It said the Head Coach is responsible for team performance.
The Board also said it will pursue engaging the services of a Sports Psychologist for the West Indies Senior Team and a Mental Skills Coach at the developmental levels.
The Board’s latest moves came out of last weekend’s meeting in Antigua at which they adopted the recommendations of the Michael Gordon QC-chaired Task Force which examined matters leading to the premature end of the tour of India.