WICB welcomes new Director Azim Bassarath

AzimBassarath-1St John’s, Antigua — President of the West Indies Cricket Board Mr. Dave Cameron welcomed new director Mr. Azim Bassarath. Mr. Bassarath has joined the Board of Directors replacing Dr. Allen Sammy.

Bassarath, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, attended his first meeting at the weekend when the Board of Directors met in Antigua.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors I welcome Mr. Bassarath and we look forward to his contribution to West Indies Cricket in the capacity of WICB Director,” Mr. Cameron said.

“I wish to also thank Dr. Sammy for his years of outstanding service as Director and wish him well in his future endeavours. Dr. Sammy is a stalwart whose most notable contributions will remain his work in piloting the development of umpires and match referees,” Cameron added.

“Mr. Bassarath is following in some rather large footsteps but we have every confidence that his contributions will be similarly exemplary,” Cameron charged.

Bassarath, who had previously participated in teleconference meetings of the Board, said he was honoured to have been nominated by the TTCB for the position.

“It is a distinct honour to be appointed as a WICB Director. I thank the Board for the appointment which I accept with humility and I give my solemn commitment to serve with integrity,” Bassarath said.

  • At the two day meeting at the Tradewinds Hotel, the Board of Directors received reports from the Chief Executive Officer, Michael Muirhead, Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus and reviewed and agreed in principle the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 financial year.
  • The Board approved a recommendation for an annual Curator’s Award for the most outstanding regional curator. Further details will be announced subsequently pending the approval of the structure of the award programme.
  • The Board reviewed a proposal to appoint a Regional Chief Curator who will be responsible for the oversight of the preparation of all international pitches and outfield to ensure compliance with requisite standards and requirements. This initiative is projected to have attendant benefits such as training and education of and knowledge transfer among national curators in the region. A further projected benefit is the improvement of pitches for First Class matches.
  • The Board approved a recommendation for the WICB First Class Competition to consist of the six premier regional teams – Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Windward Islands.
  • The Board approved a recommendation for six teams along with the Combined Campuses and Colleges along with other invitational teams to participate in the 2015 edition of the NAGICO Super50.
  • Josina Luke, Project Officer for Women’s Cricket, made a presentation to the Board on the state, challenges and future of Women’s cricket in the West Indies. Luke outlined a menu of recommendations to further the development of Women’s Cricket. The recommendations are currently under review.
  • The Board approved the schedule for the New Zealand White Ferns tour of the Caribbean in September.

West Indies Women v New Zealand White Ferns Schedule


Warner Park, St Kitts
12th – First ODI (9:30am)
14th – Second ODI (9:30am)
17th – Third ODI (9:30am)
19th – Fourth ODI (9:30am)

Arnos Vales, St Vincent
23rd – First T20I (2pm)
25th – Second T20I (2pm)
27th – Third T20I (2pm)

The West Indies Women will follow this series with a tour to Australia in November.

West Indies Women v Australia Women


2nd – First T20I – NSO
5th – Second T20I – Adelaide Oval
7th – Third T20I – MCG
9th – Fourth T20I – ANZ Stadium
11th – First ODI – Hurstville
13th – Second ODI – Hurstville
16th – Third ODI – Bowral
18th – Fourth ODI – Bowral

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