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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: WICB performance pay way overdue


OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: WICB performance pay way overdue

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And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide for the labourer deserves his wages, do not go from house to house. – Luke 10:7.

And You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain, “the labourer deserves his wages.” – 1 Timothy 5:18.

AT LAST IT WOULD SEEM that the West Indies Cricket Board (WIBC) is coming of age in deciding to pay players on performance. It is a good move that is long overdue and it is a pity that it has taken so long in coming.

It was reported in the last SATURDAY SUN that Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite had declined a retainer contract. No reason was given why Samuels and Brathwaite declined, but a source was quoted as saying that Bravo was given a Grade C which pays US$100 000, which I think is linked to his performance as a senior player.

Opener Kraigg Braithwaite was reportedly given a Grade A contract which pays US$150 000, while Test and One Day Captain Jason Holder received a Grade B contract of US$125 000. It was reported that the WIBC stated that the new contracts were based on performance from October 1, 2015 to September 2016 – a good development.

According to the newspaper report, Bravo would have joined the likes of new Test players Jomel Warrican and Alzarri Joseph. What is wrong with a Grade C for Bravo as a senior player? He is not performing consistently and something has to give.

The West Indies won the Third Test against Pakistan without much contribution from Bravo and Samuels. I am sure that the win is a boost for the team’s morale. It is time that players realise that they have to work for their money. It is a luxury for some players who are not performing to be in the team.

It is time that WIBC say goodbye to Marlon Samuels; he should not have gone to Pakistan in the first place.

Recently he has been a massive failure, not only in terms of status, but his body language and attitude have been negative. He should be sent packing and a chance given to Shai Hope in the middle order.

Let’s all play our part.

Youth concert

The Moravian Youth Council annual concert and jamboree will be held tomorrow on the grounds of Bethlehem Moravian Church, Maxwell, Christ Church at 6 pm.


The St Matthias Anglican Church, in celebration of the nation’s 50th anniversary, will hold a luncheon on Sunday at Sea Rocks Dome, Maxwell Coast Road, Christ Church, starting at 12:30 p.m.

The St Martin’s Anglican Church will hold its annual luncheon on Sunday, at the Barbados Workers’ Union Labour College, Mangrove, St Philip at 12:30 p.m.


The Cathedral Church of St Michael All Angels 50th anniversary of Independence barbecue and karaoke on Friday, November 18, at The Deanery, Welches, St. Michael from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Harvest festivals

The Sharon Moravian Church will hold its harvest festival on Sunday, at at 3.30 pm. The Bethlehem Church’s harvest will be held on Sunday, November 20 at 3:30 pm.

Missionary meetings

Grace Hill and Fulnec Moravian congregations annual missionary meetings will be held on Tuesday.

Patronal festivals

The Church of Christ the King will mark its feast of title from Sunday, November 20 to Sunday, November 27.

Services on Nov. 20, the feast day, will be at 8 a.m. and at 6 p.m.

During the week, services will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. On the Saturday, the CTK Leaders Conference will take place at the church’s Basil Ullyett Centre from 10 a.m. to midday, with solemn Eucharist.

The St Leonard’s Anglican Church patronal festival will continue today and on Sunday.

Holy Eucharist today will be at 8:30 a.m. and the Youth and Adults in Motion programme will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday is Commitment Sunday with sung Eucharist at 8 a.m.

The St Martin’s Anglican Church patronal festival will continue on Sunday at 7 a.m., with the preacher, Rev. Jerome Small, rector of St Philip the Less.


The Holy Innocents’ Church will hold an Independence bazaar on Saturday, November 26, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Holy Innocents’ Church Rectory, Ayshford, St Thomas.


It is with deep regret that we learnt of the death of Pamela Goring, a teacher at the Charles F. Broome Primary School, who died on October 30. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at the Dove Convention Centre, Country Road, St Michael. This column expresses its sympathy to her husband, children, sisters and other family members. May she rest in rest Christ and rise in glory.