Monday 27th August, 2007


WICB accepts Aanensen resignation

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BRIDGETOWN—The West Indies Cricket Board has accepted the resignation of chief executive Bruce Aanensen.

In a short release late Saturday following a meeting here, the WICB indicated that it had accepted “with regret, the resignation of CEO, Bruce Aanensen, with effect from August 31, 2007”.

“The Board recognises that the reasons given by Mr. Aanensen for his resignation relate to very complex and challenging matters with which it will continue to be engaged,” the release continued.

“After discussion and review, the Board is satisfied that the president (Julian Hunte) has acted in the best interests of West Indies cricket at this time.”

It is understood that Aanensen offered to resign as CEO in disagreement with the new administration – headed by St Lucia’s Hunte – over several issues. The former banking executive apparently disapproved of Hunte’s decision to appoint of Dinanath Ramnarine, CEO of the West Indies Players’ Association, as a WICB director and was also at odds with Hunte over the payment of World Cup players’ fees.

At the heart of Aanensen’s decision to quit, however, is his firm belief that issuing the payments to players for the 2007 World Cup staged in the Caribbean could put him – and indeed the WICB – in legal hot water.

His resignation comes against the backdrop of recent calls from the West Indies Players Association for him to step down. (CMC)

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