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Haynes knocks BCA

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Haynes knocks BCA

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Former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes hit out at the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) during a speech on Tuesday night.
He was speaking at Lee’s Bistro and Bar at the Cricket Legends of Barbados on Fontabelle, St Michael, whose general manager Mark Gaskin has awarded full scholarships at Haynes’ Carlton Club to Barbados under-19 cricketers Shayne Moseley and Jonathan Drakes as well as Rashawn Trotman and Lee Germon Gaskin of G Spot Tigers team.
Haynes, a stalwart at the Carlton Club where the ground has been renamed after him, said Barbados’ cricket could become strong again with the other clubs following Carlton in putting programmes in place to attract, look after and harness young talent.  
“Some players have to pay $300 to join clubs, some players cannot find gear, and that is a problem. At the same time the BCA can state that they have $6 million in an account. I am offended,” he added.
Haynes said the BCA got it right with the staging of the Arawak Cup a few years ago when players, immediately following the Division One season, were selected for semi-professional teams. But he condemned the promotion and relegation system as the destruction of domestic cricket.
“The BCA does not understand team loyalty so they believe that when a team is demoted the top players from that team will join and strengthen the remaining Elite teams,” Haynes said.
“Wanderers were demoted and West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite, along with West Indies vice-captain Kirk Edwards, did not leave. They remained with Wanderers.”
The former hard-hitting opener declared that the arrival of the four scholarship youngsters was an enticement for him to return and to create an environment of positive learning for the talent while trying to reap the same level of success which he enjoyed in 2009 when he was the coach of the club.
“Carlton and many of the other clubs cannot survive unless we get rid of some of the old wood and succession is key for the future survival and success of these cricket clubs,” Haynes stated.
Earlier, the former Test opener, along with coach Shirley Clarke and sponsor Philip Chudley, presented full cricket gear to the quartet. (KB)