Harper out as Windies selection chief

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has sacked men’s selection chief Roger Harper one month after the Caribbean side’s failed Twenty20 (T20) World Cup title defence, in which squad selection proved a controversial issue.

The regional governing body announced Saturday that Harper’s contract, along with that of Miles Bascombe, would not be renewed when it expired at year end.

This follows a review of the selection criteria and policy carried out by a CWI-appointed four-member committee in the wake of widespread criticism of the 15-man T20 World Cup squad.

Head Coach Phil Simmons, who was part of the previous three-member selection committee, will now head an interim panel comprising the captains in the respective formats, with CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams “overseeing the process”.

CWI said the recruitment process for the new panel would begin next month.

“We want to thank Roger and Miles for their work and dedicated services to West Indies cricket in the last two years as members of the men’s senior selection panel,” Adams said.

“Selecting West Indies teams for international competition is a very challenging assignment, and both gentlemen performed their roles with transparency and dignity.”

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