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Dissent to cost Fletcher two games

West Indies out-of-favour One-Day International opening batsman, Andre Fletcher, has been banned for two regional four-day matches based on a WICB Disciplinary Committee finding.

The announcement was made in a WICB press release that outlined decisions taken at a Board of Directors Meeting on July 21 and 22 in St Lucia.

“The Board received a report from the WICB Disciplinary Committee following a hearing that Windward Islands player Andre Fletcher has been banned for the next two 4 Day matches for which he would have otherwise been eligible. During the last WICB Regional 4 Day Tournament Fletcher was charged for showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision under Rule 2.2 of the Code of Conduct. It was his third such charge in a twelve month period,” the release indicated.

The Board also extended the term of the WICB Selection Committee to September 30, 2012. The current two-year term of the Clyde Butts-chaired Selection Committee would have expired at the end of this month. The extension takes effect from August 1.

During this week’s meeting, the Board also received an update of the process of recruitment for the new Chief Executive Officer. A shortlist of candidates has been presented to the Board and the process is on-going. Out-going CEO Dr Ernest Hilaire has already indicated he will not be returning to the position.

A decision was also taken at the meeting that the 2013 regional four-day and Super50 tournaments would be played concurrently.

This move will allow the Super50, which has been played in a single territory in recent years, to be played across the region.

The Board also received a report on umpire performances thus far for the 2011-2012 season. At the end of the WICB Financial Year 2011-2012, ending September, the umpires’ performances and ongoing assessments for the season will be reviewed and the promotion and demotion system will be implemented. (WG)

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