Former national cricketer, Delvin Esprit, who was handpicked by the Dominica Cricket Association (DCA) for the position of Technical Development Officer (TDO) has been fired from the post.
Esprit , a national cricket selector, was also fired from that post.
“He was incompetent and we could not agree and so we decided to terminate his services and part ways…..as it relates to he being a selector it’s done on a rotation basis and so his term has come to an end,” President of the Dominica Cricket Association, Emmanuel Nanthan, told DNO.
Esprit was appointed despite calls from cricketing circles that he was “not the best suited and qualified person for the job”.
Nanthan defended the DCA’s decision at the time, explaining that in an effort to improve cricket in Dominica and the Eastern Caribbean, DIGICEL and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had come up with a number of programmes which feature the islands’ young cricketers.
“We have come up with a number of initiatives and have two people working in the schools to have children play and enjoy more cricket……we have also employed a Technical Development Officer (TDO) in the different territories,” Nanthan stated.
He added that because the Windward’s and Leeward’s were now separate entities, the WICB had decided to have assistant TDO’s in the various islands and disclosed that in Dominica, former Dominica cricketer Delvin Esprit was “handpicked for that position working in collaboration with the Dominica Cricket Association.”
However the relationship between Esprit and the DCA appears to have deteriorated into one of mutual dissatisfaction. In response to the reasons given by the DCA for his dismissal, he has hit back, labeling Emmanuel Nanthan-the lead executive as “incompetent and incapable.”
“The association is incapable and incompetent of running cricket in Dominica, in fact I can tell you that there are two factions, one led by the president and the other by the vice president and they each do things separately from each other to the detriment of the association. They all need to resign we need a complete overhaul in that cricket association,” Esprit told DNO.
According to Esprit, all they (DCA Executive) are concerned about is “international matches and to remain in office.”
“They have no interest in the development and well-being of players and the cricket in general. They are there for their own personal interest….who gets to coach and manage etc.”
Esprit is urging cricketers to come out in December to the DCA’s AGM and “vote this incompetent executive out of office.”
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