On Thursday, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced the new appointment of former West Indies batsman Desmond Haynes as a Lead Selector of the West Indies Senior Men’s team.
Haynes is a Barbados citizen who came in place of Roger Harper, a Guyana national. Harper’s contract has expired as a Chairman of the previous Selection Panel.
According to the regional board, “Haynes is confirmed as the Chief Selector after a Cricket West Indies Board of Directors meeting took place earlier on Thursday.”
Alongside having the most outstanding cricket achievements, the University of West Indies has also honoured Haynes with an Honorary Doctorate Degree, and he is a former Senator in the Barbados Parliament.
Haynes will be there to lead the West Indies Men’s Selection Panel by June 30, 2024, which includes four ICC Global events, mainly two T-20 world cups going to be held in 2022 & 2024, and the 50-over Cricket World Cup in 2023 and the World Test Championship Final in 2023.
Haynes has played for the West Indies team in around 116 Test matches and 238 ODIs in his 16-year career. He has scored over 16,000 international runs and scored 35 centuries.
Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerrit said, “I am happy to announce that Dr Desmond Haynes has agreed to join the CWI as a Lead Selector. I am confident about his knowledge and sharpness in selecting the efficiency and effectiveness of players. Moreover, he is the right man for the right job at the right time.”
Meanwhile, while thanking the CWI Board, Haynes said, “I am happy for being paved with this opportunity to serve West Indies cricket. I am feeling honoured to be appointed to this crucial post. I promise to carry out my responsibilities in a free, fair and professional way.”