Lara retained as skipper, selection panel revamped
The West Indies Cricket Board bowed down to Lara's threat that he would quit if changes were not made in the selection panel.india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 16:11 IST
Brian Lara was retained as captain after the West Indies Cricket Board bowed down to his threat that he would quit if changes were not made in the selection panel.
Former West Indies opening batsman Gordon Greenidge was appointed as the new convener of West Indies selectors following a meeting by the Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in Barbados.
Greenidge will be joined by Andy Roberts and Clyde Butts in the new selection panel, according to local media reports on Saturday.
Roberts is the new face in the current panel, following Joey Carew's resignation a few days back. Butts and Greenidge were already members of the old panel.
Carew had insisted that his decision to resign had nothing to do with Lara's comments on team selection and quality of pitches during the recent Test series against India.
While retaining Lara as captain, the Board confirmed that he was indeed a part of the selection panel along with Bennett King, the West Indies coach.
After the defeat in the series-deciding fourth and final Test against India, Lara had said he would "revisit" his captaincy unless changes were made in the selection panel.
Lara's stinging outburst had led to reports that he might face censure by the Board but it seems the WICB has chosen to go along with the batting genius, at least for now.