Cricket West Indies (CWI) Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, has confirmed short-term contract extensions for under-fire chief selector, Roger Harper and his panel until the end of the year.
He said the move was simply to minimize disruption amid a heavy volume of international commitments and the ongoing review of the selection process.
Speaking in the wake of the West Indies Twenty20 World Cup travesty, Grave said the two-year contracts of selectors, along with those of team management, had been extended only the end of the year and that an announcement on any new appointments or renewals would be made by CWI following that period.
Grave said the team management as well as selectors were coming up to the end of their contracts signed two years ago and “we have extended most of them just until the end of the year, adding that they are going through a review period at the moment.”
Harper and the panel have found themselves at the center of heavy public criticism and calls for their firing following West Indies’ abysmal showing at the recent T20 World Cup which saw the Kieron Pollard-led team losing four of their five group games to finish at the bottom of Group 1.
Harper and the panel comprising Miles Bascombe and Head Coach, Phil Simmons, were appointed in October 2019 following an overhaul of the selection process carried out by the then newly elected Ricky Skerrit administration.