Former president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Dave Cameron said that the changes made by the current board to the management of the West Indies team were not beneficial.
The West Indies is now officially out of the 2019 ICC World Cup with two matches to play. The team has lost five of their seven matches to date, with a record that comprises one win, and one ended in a no-result.
Cameron in an exclusive interview with Guardian Media Sports said: "I am disappointed with the results and making the changes to the management set up were not beneficial."
When Cameron lost the election and new president Ricky Skerritt took over, they immediately removed Richard Pybus as the coach and installed Floyd Reifer as interim coach. The board then set up a task force to work on recommendations to improve the selection set-up and installation of a Head coach.
Very soon the board will advertise the position of the head coach and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CWI Johnny Grave said that all will be given a fair chance once they apply.
Pybus was in charge of the West Indies team earlier this year that defeated England to retain the Wisden Trophy and also drew the Colonial Medical Insurance Cup 2-2. Cameron continued: "
They didn’t have the right coaching support. You cannot put persons in charge of the setup without a track record. I am a man about meritocracy. Those coaches at the World Cup have not earned the right in our system to be there."
The Jamaican then asked the question: "It is almost the same team that drew with England a few months ago. What’s the difference?"
He also shared his opinion on the fitness of the players, saying:" Also we are compromising the fitness standards. Andre (Russell) was around earlier this year and we didn’t play him because he was injured and we take him and Evin into the World Cup injured."
Russell left the team after the sixth match and had surgery on his troublesome left knee in Manchester. He was replaced by Windward Islands player Sunil Ambris, who made 31 in his first encounter against India.
Lewis has been in and out of the team with re-occurring injuries. "Those decisions are for management and not the player." He also had some advice for the directors of the board saying: "In moving forward let's make it less about the person and more about the policy."
He ended by saying that it is also wrong to have the coach and captain as selectors.
The West Indies next match at the World Cup will be on Monday when they oppose Sri Lanka in Durham.