‘Perform for your pay’

West Indies players have been put on notice that their performances and their pay are inextricably linked.

Cricket West Indies boss Dave Cameron has stated that senior West Indies players need to come to grips with the harsh reality of their performance-based requirements. He stressed that experience alone would no longer count in the issuing of central retainer contracts.

Speaking against the backdrop of the furore arising from Darren Bravo’s rejection of a Grade C contract last year, Cameron argued that Windies players now controlled their own future as once they performed, they and not CWI dictated the quality of contract they received.

The often controversial Cameron also contended that seasoned players needed to translate that experience into performances instead of hoping for a high level retainer based on their length of time in international cricket.

“Everyone has been talking for years, we want performance contracts, we want performance contracts. Now we’ve put in performance contracts and now we have a problem,” Cameron told Massy Insurances Life and Length Network in a wide-ranging interview.

“Telling me whether you’ve played 10 matches or 20 matches or 30 matches – well where are the numbers? If you have this experience, you should be getting better not worse so how is it that your numbers are better when you just started and after two years you’re getting worse.”

It was announced by CWI last November that Bravo along with seasoned campaigner Marlon Samuels and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, had rejected central retainer contracts.

Media reports subsequently said that Bravo, the Windies premier Test batsman, had been offered a Grade C contract which was lower than the one he previously held.

Cameron then said in a controversial television interview that CWI would not reward declining performances by senior players and appeared to suggest that Bravo had previously held a top tier A contract.

The player took to Twitter to dispute Cameron’s assertion but also labelled him ‘a big idiot’ which resulted in him being sent home from South Africa, ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe. He has since been barred from selection until he removes the tweet and apologises. Bravo has done neither.

CWI determines the grade of contract on a points system stemming for player performances over a 12-month period and Cameron said on this basis, players were aware of the performances required in order to stake their claim for higher grade contracts.

“What we do is for our players but again, how do we keep compromising a system,” the Jamaican administrator explained.

“Everybody writes their own contract. There is no stipulation that says we’re only going to have two A contracts, three Bs or four Cs, there is no stipulation across the board. If everybody is on an A-plus because their numbers merit that, they all get that.”

He continued: “All we are saying is that you write your own contract. At the start of the season you are told what averages you need to have, volume of runs, volume of wickets, behaviours, whatever. It’s up to you.”

Grade A is the highest level contract on offer from CWI and is worth US$150, 000, with Grade B valued at $125,000 and Grade C, $100,000.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who averages 35 from 37 Tests, is currently the only player on a  Grade A contract with Test and one-day captain Jason Holder on a Grade B.

Cameron said going forward it was important that senior players understood the stated policy of CWI.

“Something’s happening. Let us address it together but just to say I am a senior guy so therefore I need to be paid more, it’s not going to happen with Cricket West Indies,” he stressed.

Source: (CMC)

40 Responses to ‘Perform for your pay’

  1. Cuales Nelz
    Cuales Nelz June 20, 2017 at 1:25 am

    In total agreement with Cameron.

    Would go further and say it should apply to the Board as well…he might find himself getting a little less than minimum wage 😉

    • Tee White June 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

      My thoughts exactly

    • Leon Francis June 20, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Is the president paid?

  2. Vylna Agnes George
    Vylna Agnes George June 20, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Mr Cameron, you and Board members are also on notice to perform for your pay. Considering the position WINDIES cricket is in at the moment, all salaries should be slashed!! X

  3. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus June 20, 2017 at 2:15 am

    He should really heed gis own advice…….smh

  4. Michael Blair Blenman
    Michael Blair Blenman June 20, 2017 at 2:51 am

    How laughable ? Fire yourself when Darren Bravo takes the board to the cleaners in a court…PLEASE?

  5. Anthony Blades
    Anthony Blades June 20, 2017 at 3:58 am

    But hold on!! This is the same administration that failed to gain entry to the ICC flag ship 1 day event!!! The same administration that fails to adopt a model like New Zealand that allows its stars to play in the IPL and still represent its country!!!! The same administration that fails to provide its players with basic equipment……. hang your heads in shame – you are not providing the environment for a successful team.

  6. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons June 20, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Cameron is spot on. He does his job as an administrator and does it well, especially maintaining the game’s financial viability and spreading money earned to more regional first-class cricketers and strengthening the game’s infrastructure. He does not normally use a bat and ball to do this. The players whose job is on the field need to do their job and stop moaning about his personality this and personality that. He has the right no-nonsense personality for slackers. They are getting paid to do a job, he does not have to pamper, cajole or hold their hands and pat their heads. I find no fault in this man.

  7. Kirk Fedee
    Kirk Fedee June 20, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Its about time…

  8. harry turnover June 20, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Well said Cameron.I wonder how many people know that most over 95 % of those experienced players who have already made it were DELIBERATELY UNDER PERFORMING in an effort to embarrass the CAPTAIN AND THE BOARD from as early as when Darren Sammy was made captain and recently when Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite were made captains.
    People need to follow the sequence of events from as far back when Gayle was retained as captain in preference to Sarwan the then captain who was returning to the team from injury.
    The then Board in their explanation said that Gayle got along better with the team so Sarwan had to hold a corner.
    When the Board found out later that Gayle was a bad influence, Sarwan was offered back the captaincy ..BUT HE RIGHTFULLY REFUSED …and most people who follow cricket know how Sarwan decided play his cricket with the team.

  9. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 20, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Not a fan of David Cameron but he is right about the contracts perform or else ya pay gine go down it should be same way for politicians.Because a guy has been around for a long time does not mean he is a guarantee for big contract if his or her performance sucks.

    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles June 20, 2017 at 8:06 am

      everyone should perform including the board but if they did that Cameron himself would end up working for free

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner June 20, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Nico HL Beckles as I said not a fan of David Cameron but he does not play for WI it’s the players and yes they pay should depends on performaces come on getting beat by minnows Afghanistan.Wi team is just a team to get practice against by top teams,I’m not wasting my time arguing about this anymore got better things to do.

      • Donild Trimp June 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm

        @Rawle Spooner – Based on current statistics (please note I am specifically saying “current statistics”) the only player with a Grade A contract (Mr.Kraigg Brathwaite) would be relegated to a Grade C.

        The West Indies premier test batsman would be elevated to Grade A.

        Can you name the player who would be elevated to Grade A?

  10. Alex Alleyne June 20, 2017 at 7:19 am

    People all, don’t forget that this idea was first put forward way back by the then manager DAVID HOLFORD and it was shot down by everyone under the sun here in the Caribbean. Here we are with this set of players making way more money and won’t win a match due to the fact that “they are not up to TEST standard”.
    The same must go for the GROUND STAFF that can’t put out a “good cricket wicket” for years. Again , everyone under the sun home and away keep asking for “better pitches” and the workmen to continue to put out “slow , flat , dead dust beds”. Mr. Prez , have you ever ask yourself “where are all the big strapping young men gone that will make top fast bowlers for WI ?”. All gone to the Basketball field , because the poor pitches make fast bowling next to “PLANTATION WORK”.

  11. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 20, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Cameron is the worst CEO the board have seen in a while. He and the players can’t see eye to eye. The first thing he did was to diss CHRISTOPHER GALE. You could get the best player on ANY team once they are not happy with the head they will not produce.

  12. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 20, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Batty man running the cricket.

  13. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 20, 2017 at 8:56 am


  14. Greengiant June 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

    On board with you on this @ Wade Gibbons. These players and indeed the people of the region is not used to this kind of no nonsense approach, but the kiss ass approach prior to him, couldn’t even get the local game financed to this level. Our professional league has improved, and will in no doubt bear fruit in the future. All the years we were dominating world cricket the other nations had their professional leagues going, and this has helped them in their recovery efforts.

  15. Michael Walcott
    Michael Walcott June 20, 2017 at 9:46 am

    It is a bit like pot calling the kettle black! So everyone on the board should get a reduction in salary then?

  16. Michael Walcott
    Michael Walcott June 20, 2017 at 9:51 am

    It is not what you do, but how you do it! The management style of Cameron and the Board is do as I say and not what I do. Can’t work with young people today. WIBC are poor manager’s. president is too autocratic!

  17. Leon Francis June 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    My solution to the Bravo/ CWI dispute is as follows:
    Bravo remove the tweet ”Say I regret the quote. It was done in heat of the moment. I regret any inconvenience caused.
    Cameron: I regret the misquote and am regret any ill will caused. Settle out of court.
    The future of CWI cricket is at stake. My plea.

    • thecricketshowinc June 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

      I felt like a fish out of water when WI did not qualify for Championship Trophy. It is high time we settle the dispute that exists in CWI cricket.

    • Leon Francis June 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

      I felt like a fish out of water when WI did not qualify for Championship Trophy. It is high time we settle the dispute that exists in CWI cricket.

  18. Nathaniel Anderson June 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Long overdue. Well done Cricket West Indies

  19. Nathaniel Anderson June 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Such personal comments that have nothing to do with the matter on hand. The man Cameron is obviously not well liked but he is making along with the Board, to look at the structure of West Indies cricket. Let us hope that the effort being put in now will bear fruit in the near future. Those who talk and do not support the team which happens to be you and me, therefore all of us, should hang their head in shame.

  20. RAJIV ROBERTS June 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Well said Mr Cameron I see the middle order of the vatting is struggling u can hit me up via my email let me come an play for west Indies let’s get back our winning ways

  21. Mike samuel June 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Cameron knows that he is an idiot. The truth hurts that’s why he is victimizing Bravo. It is ok for him to speak I’ll of the players but no one should say anything about him.He and the members of the board are all idiots,you cannot expect to win any thing when others are fielding their best team and you are not idiot

  22. Sherlock Worrell June 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    That policy should have been there long age as mentioned above. I am not a fan of Cameron but he is right. As for the Bravo issue, I am a fan of Darren Bravo but you cannot be employed by someone and speak in that manner to your employer and it goes for all the players. In addition, in suing them for wages loss should prevent him for further representing the CWI period in any format again. As for the team when someone fail once or twice, the selectors should rest that player because most players don.t have that backbone like past players to bat themselves into form. In addition, about the wickets in the Caribbean. We don’t have spinners but the wicket are prepared for the visiting teams. Every year the so-call get approx. 80% of the wickets but cannot get visiting teams batsmen out. Our batsmen cannot play spin bowling and do not have patience to stay at the wicket. Something is wrong with the way they thing (concentration) is key to building an innings. Let fix the problem which will fix our cricket. teams.

  23. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley June 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    This adminstration should be on performance related pay as well then.

  24. Daryl Headley
    Daryl Headley June 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    If Afghanistan had beat us in the odi series I hope a couple of dem bigheads wud have quit or got fired!

  25. Donild Trimp June 20, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Donild Trimp
    June 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    @Rawle Spooner – Based on current statistics (please note I am specifically saying “current statistics”) the only player with a Grade A contract (Mr.Kraigg Brathwaite) would be relegated to a Grade C.

    The West Indies premier test batsman would be elevated to Grade A.

    Can you name the player who would be elevated to Grade A?

  26. Daryl Headley
    Daryl Headley June 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    He’s stopping lil bravo from playing and we are loosing every series

  27. Sarifa patel June 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Mr. Cameron I have been around the cricket for over 65 years and you are the worse administrator to govern west indies. You have destroyed the game, don’t blame the players you are 95% guilty of the destruction and the players are 5% because of you not being a good leader. Good leaders get people to follow, but you can’t even get one who follows you and that tells me your management skills are zero. Sorry India never made you pay up.

  28. Alex Alleyne June 20, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    @Sarifa Patel, Mr. Cameron have the people following him that he need, “THE TERRITORIAL BOARDS”. Remember he was not challenged for his second term, so to them that runs cricket in all the Islands , “HE IS DOING A VERY GOOD JOB”. Now Most of us on the outside might see things differently.

  29. Nathaniel Anderson June 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Does Cameron pick the team? If players have pride in their work, maybe they would try harder and perform better.
    Stop blaming Cameron. This Board has done more for cricket than any other. We now need to get behind the team and spur the lads on to achieve greatness. That is the least we can hope for.

  30. Sarifa Patel June 21, 2017 at 1:35 am

    @Alex Alleyne If you believe that Mr Cameron has done a good job and was not challenge for a next term then you will believe almost anything. He was not challenge and those who knows the truth as to why and will keep silent about it then they all deserve am incompetent leader as Mr. Cameron. Its my opinion that he is a poor leader. He is arrogant, spiteful and I repeat good leaders get people to follow. Remember world cup he was so spiteful he never had tge decency to offer a genuine congratulations to the teams. He is a waste of leadership. The man is a bully and as one comment said he is a BIG IDIOT PERSONIFIED.


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