Desmond Haynes has signed a contract with Cricket West Indies that makes him the lead selector of the West Indies team till June 2024, effectively replacing Roger Harper for this role.

He has made a huge cricketing impact on his team in the past and he can be rightly considered as the perfect choice for this role. Between 1978 and 1994, Haynes made 7487 runs in 116 Tests and 238 ODIs for West Indies, winning the 1979 World Cup and captaining the squad in four Tests. Desmond Haynes has spent many years away from cricket but still, he was one of the many choices that were being considered for the West Indies men’s head coach role in 2019.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to President Ricky Skerritt and the CWI board of directors for allowing me to serve West Indies cricket once more,” Haynes stated. “Being a selector is a thankless job, but it’s an important function in our cricket system, and I’m honoured to have been appointed. I’ve always stated that I’d be willing to help West Indies cricket in any way I can, and I view this as an opportunity to do so. I promise to carry out my responsibilities in a professional and fair manner.”

CWI President Ricky Skerritt wished Desmond on his new journey with the board and the West Indies team. “His cricket knowledge and experience are second to none, and I am certain that Desmond is the right guy for the right role, at the right time. On behalf of our Board of Directors and all stakeholders, I wish Desmond the best of luck in his critical Lead role, which begins immediately. I’d want to take this opportunity to congratulate Roger Harper and Miles Bascombe for their dedication and integrity throughout their two years on the Panel”, Skerritt stated.

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