Fort Lauderdale (Florida), July 4 : Dr. Ernest Hilaire, the
outspoken and often controversial chief executive officer of the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB), is leaving the job.
Hilaire is expected to leave the WICB to be St. Lucia's ambassador in London in September.
new St.Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government, headed by Dr. Kenny
Anthony, is believed to have decided to send him as the envoy, reports
Caribbean Media Corporation(CMC).
Hilaire hasa lready informed the WICB that he does not want to renew his contract.
The WICB has since moved swiftly to initiate the recruitment process and has advertised to fill the position.
prominent strategist and influential member of the SLP, Hilaire had
taken leave from his WICB post to join the campaign trail in St. Lucia
late last year before the Kenny Anthony administration was returned to
office in November.
Hilaire and current WICB president Julian
Hunte were also closely involved in St. Lucia elections in 2006, when
Hunte was a losing candidate.
Hilaire, who holds a doctorate from
the London School of Economics and degrees from the University of the
West Indies (UWI) and Cambridge, took over as CEO of the WICB in
September 2009 in place of Donald Peters.
His tenure has been
regarded as turbulent in several quarters, involving public spats with
former West Indies Players Association chief Dinanath Ramnarine and
contentious handling of issues relating to senior players, most notably
Hilaire also served as chief executive of Cricket
World Cup St Lucia Inc, when the Caribbean hosted the ICC showpiece five