Garner: Reports of Drakes' firing untrue

rhondathompson, rhondathompson@nationnews.com

Added 15 February 2012

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PRESIDENT of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), Joel Garner, has rubbished radio bulletins that reported the sacking of Barbados bowling coach Vasbert Drakes, calling the reports “malicious” and untrue. “I don’t know where people get these scoops from,” Garner said. “What is happening is that people like to be malicious. I’ll be frank with you. I don’t know anything about that.” Garner explained that any decisions on the status of BCA staff are not made on a whim. “My board has not met. We have not had any discussions on Mr Drakes’ position,” he said.  “Anytime at all that we do anything, we sit down and we have meetings, we have debriefings. It is not like times past when people just said, ‘we don’t want you anymore, that’s it’.” Barbados’ management team for the first-round regional four-day match in Jamaica included team director Hendy Springer as head coach and Emmerson Trotman as batting coach with Livy Coppin as manager. Drakes, who had travelled as the bowling coach during the Caribbean Twenty20 in January, did not fly to Jamaica but confirmed that he was at work as usual for the past two days. (CC)

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