The West Indies Cricket Board has
approved the review committee’s recommendation to include former wicketkeeper
Courtney Browne in the West Indies selection panel. Browne replaces former West
Indies spinner Raphick Jumadeen in the three-member panel, while chairman Clyde
Butts and Robert Haynes have been reappointed for the next two-year term.
Browne made his West Indies debut
in 2005, playing 20 Tests and 46 ODIs in a ten-year long stop-start career
during which he was one of the first-choice wicketkeepers. “It is a privilege
to be afforded the opportunity to serve West Indies cricket again. I feel
honoured and I will put my best foot forward,” Browne said.
“I would have played cricket with
some of the players who are still in the West Indies team and there is a lot
more involvement in cricket now and so I think I will be able to relate to the
players a lot better.”
Browne had served as an alternate
selector on the previous selection panel alongside former players Stuart
Williams and Nehemiah Perry. The one-time Barbados captain has also served as
the chairman of the Barbados Cricket Association selection panel for the past
two years, in addition to being the team’s manager.
Browne’s tenure begins in a period
when West Indies cricket has hit unforeseen lows on the field, having managed
only 18 Test victories since January 2000. The review committee comprising
Ernest Hilaire, Joel Garner, Clive Lloyd and board chief cricket operations
officer Tony Howard, interviewed several candidates before recommending Browne.