Axed Windies selectors set to contest dismissals

Courtney Browne

Legal counsel for the recently-sacked Cricket West Indies selection panel, Tony Astaphan, has slammed comments by Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt regarding their removal, and also plans to challenge the manner of their dismissal in court.

Chief selector, Courtney Browne, along with Lockhart Sebastien and Eldine Baptiste, were all removed from their posts last week, as CWI announced it would revamp its entire selection process.

In announcing the changes at a media conference in Antigua, newly-elected CWI president Ricky Skerritt, said “we have terminated the old embedded selection policy which secretly, but actively, victimised some players and banished them from selection consideration”.

Astaphan, however, took issue with the remark.

“My clients are very troubled by their dismissal and the manner of their dismissal, particularly the statements made about the ‘old embedded selection policy which secretly but actively victimised players and banished them from selection consideration,” Astaphan told the Mason and Guess radio show here.

“That’s a serious [charge] and it affects the manner of dismissal of Mr Browne, Mr Baptiste and Mr Sebastien.”

He continued: “What we are looking at now within the context of the labour code of Antigua and Barbuda is whether having regard to all the facts and circumstances, including the terms of the agreements signed by these good gentlemen, who as you know have dedicated their lives to West Indies cricket, constitute independent contractors or employees under the Antigua and Barbuda labour code.