WIPA boss sued
Bajan official takes Wavell Hinds to court
The yorkers just keep coming at West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) Chief Executive Officer, Wavell Hinds.
Just weeks after being asked to step down as WIPA’s head by West Indies captain, Dwayne Bravo, following the ill-fated tour of India, Hinds now finds himself at the centre of a defamation lawsuit which has been brought against him by former Barbados cricket manager, Hartley Reid.
In an 11-page claimant statement lodged in the Barbados Supreme Court on November 3, by Reid, obtained by Barbados TODAY, Hinds is listed as the first defendant and WIPA as the second defendant.
The lawsuit accuses Hinds of making false and malicious allegations against Reid during this year’s NAGICO Super-50 cricket competition.
It stems from the highly publicized incident, which took place in February and resulted in former Barbados captain Kirk Edwards being sent home from Trinidad and Tobago for refusing to sign for his team uniforms.
Hinds, who acted as Edwards’ representative in the matter and WIPA director Michael Hall, had tried unsuccessfully to resolve the issue with both Edwards and Reid prior to the player’s expulsion.
Following the disciplinary action by the Barbados management team, Hinds issued a Press release which stated: “We were firmly of the view that what Kirk had advised us of as being the issue was a matter which could be easily resolved through sensible and well-intentioned dialogue, and certainly nothing, not even in the our wildest dreams, which might warrant the drastic and draconian abuse of power by the team’s manager. Kirk Edwards has been sent home – but Hartley Reid is still there – the sponsors must be overjoyed.”
Hinds said back in February that throughout the discussions Reid remained totally inflexible and at no time did he try to find a solution to what WIPA considered a non-issue. Hinds noted then that WIPA was extremely disappointed with Reid’s attitude.
“At the end of the day, an unnecessary blot has been placed on the career of a dedicated and talented West Indian cricketer, all because those entrusted with leadership roles in our game appear not to have the requisite skills to execute the job,” Hinds said.
But in the lawsuit, Reid’s attorney Guyson Mayers contended that his client “remained within the confines of his mandate given by his principal and at no time was his actions draconian or drastic”.
Furthermore, he said Hinds’ comments “meant and was intended to mean that the claimant was unfit for his role of manager of the Barbados cricket team because he had no negotiation skills and was unable to resolve minor issues”.
Mayers also noted that there was “nothing puzzling about the Barbados Cricket Association ordering the return of Edwards to Barbados for not complying with team rules. The assertion of the defendants meant and was intended to mean that Edwards was sent back to Barbados because of the sinister action of the claimant”.
The attorney-at-law argued there was no evidence to suggest that the action had placed a blot on Edwards’ career as he had since gone on to represent the West Indies senior cricket team, in spite of having no form to recommend him for selection.
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