HPC A Goner In Its Present Form

According to a press report, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) High Performance Centre is set to undergo drastic changes.

This was revealed by WICB CEO Michael Muirhead who reportedly said there will now be a high performance program that can be administered in any of the regional territories.

“The HPC from what it was before where we had the various territories nominating players and we brought them in and put them through a programme, we have done away with that,” said Muirhead.

cricket ball“What we have now is a high performance program which can be administered in any territory. We can administer the program in any island; all we have to do is be consistent in what the program has to offer,” he explained.

He further said, “We impressed upon the franchises that now that we have the professional system in place, everybody should have a high performance system going and because all the franchises now have the qualified personnel, they are now equipped to do it.”

He said that was one of the reasons behind having the coaches conference earlier this month which brought together all the coaches of the six Professional Cricket League franchise teams, the chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd, West Indies head coach Phil Simmons and Pybus.

“We pointed out to them that this is the philosophy of the head coach and what players need to do to get into the West Indies team, as well as the need for consistency in terms of the standards we set for all the franchises.”

The HPC was launched under the previous WICB administration led by Julian Hunte, and was geared towards refining the skills of promising young cricketers from around the region.

It has produced players such as newly appointed West Indies captain Jason Holder, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, batsman Rajindra Chandrika and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel – who are all a part of the test team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

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