Desmond Haynes
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Former West Indian opening batsman Desmond Haynes has been appointed as the lead selector of the team. The 65-year-old Barbadian will lead the selection panel until June 30, 2024, a period that includes two T20 World Cups, the 2023 Cricket World Cup and World Test Championship Final.

The former opener’s appointment was confirmed by a statement from the West Indian cricket board. In a complete statement, they welcomed him to the position with four ICC events lined up between 2022-2014. 

CWI President Ricky Skerritt
CWI President Ricky Skerritt (Twitter)

“I am delighted to confirm that the Most Hon. Dr. Desmond Haynes has agreed to re-join the CWI cricket system as the Lead Selector. His cricket knowledge and experience are second to none, and I am confident that Desmond is the right man for the right job, at the right time,” CWI President, Ricky Skerritt said. 

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and all stakeholders, I wish Desmond every success as he commences his important Lead role, which starts immediately. I want to also take this opportunity to thank Roger Harper and Miles Bascombe for their commitment and integrity whilst they served on the Panel over the past two years” he further added. 

The former West Indian cricketer expressed his happiness at being appointed for the position. Haynes said that he is looking forward to doing the best for West Indies cricket during his tenure. 

I Would Assist West Indies Cricket In Anyway Possible: Desmond Haynes

Desmond Haynes
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“I would like to thank President Skerritt and the CWI Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to serve West Indies cricket once again. Being a Selector is a thankless task, but a critical role in our cricket system and I am honoured to be appointed. I have always indicated that I would assist West Indies cricket in anyway possible and I see this as an opportunity to do just that. I pledge to carry out my duties in a fair and professional manner,” Desmond Haynes said. 

Haynes played in 116 tests, scoring 7,487 runs, and 238 one-day internationals scoring 8648 runs for West Indies between 1978 and 1994. He won the World Cup in 1979 and captained the side in four Tests.

West Indies are scheduled to play two T20 World Cups (2022-2024), one 50-over World Cup (2023) and one World Test Championship (2021-23) with Haynes as the lead selector.

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