Kirk-EdwardsKirk Edwards appears to be in the same position as thousands of other Barbadians.

He doesn’t have a clue why he has been stripped of the captaincy of the Barbados senior national cricket team.

And in an exclusive interview with Barbados TODAY, the talented West Indies middle-order batsman made it known he was unaware of the reasons for his replacement. Edwards said he would like some answers from the authorities, even as some in the Barbados Cricket Association claimed the BCA’s board met with him on the matter.

“Nobody even contacted me to tell me anything about it,” he stressed, adding that he only learnt about his replacement from friends who found out through the media.

When Barbados TODAY contacted chairman of selectors, Hendy Wallace, for an explanation, he made it clear that his selection panel had no role in the matter and pointedly stated that it was a decision made solely by the BCA board.

Pressed as to why the board would have made such a decision, even after Edwards had led Barbados to victory in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Four-Day Tournament last season, Wallace said while he had not been privy to the meeting, he believed that Edwards had met with the BCA board. Of Edwards’ sacking, Wallace said he was convinced “it was [because of] matters arising [off-field] that they had issues with him relative to last season”.

However, Edwards was insistent that no such meeting with the BCA board occurred and asserted that he was not aware of any reported infraction he was said to have committed.

“I am not aware of  anything, I was not reported for anything, I was not called for a hearing about anything. If I did something and it was reported I think that I should have been called in for a meeting. But I wasn’t called in for anything that I did last year – nothing like this, so I am not aware,” he said.

Edwards added: “I didn’t meet with any board, that is a lie. Nobody from the board met with me. I didn’t get any information from them. Nobody called me, I had no meeting. I can’t say I am surprised because I’ve been through worse but by the same token I am a bit surprised. But right now I am in no position to speak about it because I don’t even know why and I think a lot of other people would like to know why but nobody is saying anything. I thought that if I did something they would come out and say why, so I don’t know why.”

Edwards, who was first spotted as a promising 15-year-old by former West Indies opener and then selector Desmond Haynes, has played 12 Test matches and 11 One-Day Internationals. He has captained the West Indies A team, has served previously as vice-captain of the West Indies senior squad, and is seen in many quarters as a future West Indies captain.

Stressing his commitment to Barbados and West Indies cricket, the 29-year-old was adamant that he would not allow the BCA board’s decision stop him from representing Barbados with “heart like I always do”.

“My role now is to bat and field and just be there for any young player who needs that advice. But my role is definitely not to be the captain anymore,” he said.

When Barbados TODAY quizzed the BCA’s chief executive officer Rollins Howard about the reason behind Edwards’ dismissal, his blunt response was: “He was replaced because the board replaced him, that is the reason, that is the only answer I can give you.”

Manager of the Barbados team last year, Hartley Reid, while maintaining that Edwards did perform well as captain in 2013, however noted that the replacement of captains, even after a good performance, was nothing new. He drew reference to a situation where Ryan Hinds was replaced twice as captain and suggested there were other options to Edwards.

“There are a number of other competent players out there . . . ,” he stated.

Earlier this week former Barbados cricketer Geoffrey Mapp said the manner in which Edwards was removed from the captaincy was a clear indication that the BCA did not understand a cricketer had industrial rights.

He said the BCA’s action clearly showed their leadership was operating in a past era. He stated Edwards’ dismissal highlighted one of the fundamental issues affecting West Indies cricket.

“In my opinion the West Indies Cricket Board and the bodies that govern cricket in the region continue to see their relationship as one between master and servant and until that perception is changed West Indies cricket will continue to slide downhill,” Mapp stressed, while pouring shame on other Barbadian cricketers for their silence on the treatment meted out to Edwards.

9 Responses to Stumped!

  1. Susan Forslund
    Susan Forslund January 25, 2014 at 8:54 am


  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 25, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Typical stupidity of BCA and its management,sounds like some kinda politics invokve,maybe Kirk Edwards did not want to be choir boy if you know what I mean.

  3. Kelly A Murrell
    Kelly A Murrell January 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Ultimate nonsense. I’m glad Kirk is mature enough not to let it bother him. Do your best always Kirk. We’re proud of you

  4. Kennyatta Chery
    Kennyatta Chery January 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

    And that is why West Indies cricket is stuck at the bottom. These same Board members are WICB board members. They treat the players the very same way at the West Indies level. No respect what so ever. And like Mr Mapp said, the other players won’t even support Kirk on this one.

  5. H Gittens January 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I don’t know all the facts but sounds like what is typical in WI cricket, where players are continually demotivated by the many “square pegs in round holes.”

  6. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua January 25, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I am not even sorry to say this..I will never encourage no young man to play cricket….the nonsense that these selectors in the W.I ….does do to the players in just beyond me….I will buy my grandsons a chess board before I give them a cricket bat…

  7. Alex Alleyne January 26, 2014 at 9:24 am

    No wonder the cricket in the Caribbean is in a mess. All across the reagon we continue to see madness after madness being dished out to players who put their heart into the game . Others who are just in it for he $$$$$$ are fed with the “golden spoon” .
    This is led from the top , WI cricket selectors continue to give the public a squads that no cricket thinking person understand .

  8. Irwin Phillips January 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I must say first of all that I admire and congratulate Mr. Edwards for his noble stance relative to Barbados and West Indies cricket. I must also add that the BCA’s board clearly does not share Mr. Edwards’ appreciation for and commitment to the same. They must know what their mandate is, and that this type of behaviour has strong negative implications that go far beyond Mr. Edwards as an individual. What can or should any other Barbados player (captain or otherwise) expect of those charged by their own choice with running our cricket, and why should anyone else aspire to be part of a system that so obviously stinks?

  9. Richard and Carolann Skeete February 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    We know our star-boy Kirk is mature and discipline enough to deal with this crap. We are sooo very proud of you and will always support you. Love u lots


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