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Douglas fired after no-confidence vote

Allan Douglas has been removed from his position as vice-president of the Bermuda Cricket Board.

Douglas has paid the price for Bermuda's dismal performance in Malaysia, where he was acting national coach, replacing head coach Arnold Manders who had to withdraw having contracted pneumonia for the second time six months.

The decision to remove Douglas was made after a meeting of the BCB executive committee on Thursday night, and the fallout from the tournament is unlikely to end there.

“The significant underperformance of the Bermuda national team in the recent tournament is a matter that the Board is taking very seriously,” Lloyd Fray, the BCB president, said.

“There are a number of areas highlighted in the review that need to be addressed and we are working on them expeditiously. As soon as the processes are complete the Board will communicate them.”

A source with knowledge of proceedings said they expected more meetings to follow, and that there would be changes, not only within the BCB, but also in the national team.

In a statement released yesterday evening, the BCB said the decision to remove Douglas was taken after careful consideration, and was based on a report into the tour compiled by Nyron Steede, the BCB first vice-president.

“In the course of compiling the report the committee interviewed six players and all four tour management staff members,” read the statement.

“The comprehensive report collated responses from the participants on five prepared questions.

“The executive gave full consideration to the report and then met with acting national coach and BCB second vice-president Mr Douglas.

“After a careful and thorough deliberation the executive passed a vote of no-confidence in Mr Douglas and removed him from the Board.”

Bermuda finished bottom at the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament in Malaysia, and the manner of their last defeat against the United States, where the game lasted just 34.5 overs raised eyebrows.

The suspicion is that Bermuda did not try hard enough in their final game of the trip to Malaysia against the US.

That coupled with certain players engaging in what one official described as “unprofessional behaviour” that did not paint the Island in the best light, all combined to force the BCB's hand.

This behaviour is not entirely new, however, there have been similar instances in the past and one club official said this “was coming back around to haunt them [BCB]”.

Lionel Cann goes on the attack during Bermuda's dismal tour of Malaysia in October

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Published December 20, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm)

Douglas fired after no-confidence vote

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