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Wright departure a travesty

Another sad day for Bermuda Cricket Board as Derek Wright is no longer affiliated with them. Sad to admit but it's been a long time coming.

Having worked with Derek on the Outreach/Selection Committee, with him appointed as the chairman at that time, it was blatantly obvious that he was becoming more and more frustrated due to the lack of support within the Board walls.

Derek has been a stalwart for many years, working on the Board trying to move Bermuda cricket forward and he needs to be commended on a job well done. Unlike most of his counterparts who only seem to attend the big sponsored cricket matches, he could be found watching league games every weekend. His passion and drive to improve the flaws on and off the field of cricket was remarkable.

Derek takes pride in what he does, and so it is of no surprise that he would stand up for what he believes is right.

With the numerous debates that he has encountered in his time with the Board, he still always kept pressing forward. Even the confusion surrounding the purpose of the Outreach/Selection Committee didn't deter him from chugging along, though in the end the committee seemed pointless.

How a Selection Committee has no say in the final squad selection still baffles me, definitely a power trip.

Several other issues continued to be addressed by the Outreach/Selection Committee, and as long as it didn't go against the grain everything was fine. Delays on responses were the norm on anything that was perceived as controversial. Talks about replacing the then national captain, David Hemp, came with heavy resistance before it could even be discussed in a professional manner in the way that a committee should be able to express themselves.

Personally, I grew extremely irritated and withdrew my services from the committee as I saw the whole exercise as meaningless.

We hardly ever were able to meet as a full body but were given the new criteria regarding a Bermuda captain, in addition to making the status of the Outreach/Selection Committee crystal clear.

After reading Derek's comments regarding the events that have taken place it is clear to me that nothing at all has changed as it relates to the belittlement, disrespect, and disregard for anyone who does not agree with the decisions made by the Board.

Debates should be looked at as healthy discussions for the betterment of cricket, and not perceived as personal attacks on individuals.

Being asked to step down because of speaking to the press is archaic, to put it mildly. What is the Board afraid of? The truth?

To hold a position such as Chairman of the Outreach/Selection Committee, surely he must be intelligent enough to answer questions, albeit that it may not be what the Board want the public to know as it may affect the view of the private sector.

At this point in the game there is no reputation to uphold because of the thousands of dollars that the private sector is giving to the Cricket Board because there is no funding coming in. Maybe the Board needs to be a little more transparent and that may change.

It is really sad to see Derek go because he has worked effortlessly. While others sit around and accept mediocrity, he always challenged others to strive for excellence.

Derek, I salute you for not being that “YES” man and congratulate you on a job well done.

It is my hope that your successor and others within the Board will look at your example and realise that you should always stand for something or you will fall for anything.

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Published December 07, 2012 at 10:00 am (Updated December 07, 2012 at 10:10 am)

Wright departure a travesty

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