Hilare steps down as WICB CEO
The controversial Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board Dr. Ernest Hilare has decided to call it quits.
This to take up a diplomatic posting in London in September where he will be St. Lucia's new ambassador in London under appointment by the recently elected St. Lucia Labour Party headed by Dr. Kenny Anthony.
Hilaire has already informed the board of his directors of his intention not to renew his contract.
The WICB has since moved swiftly to open the recruitment process and is already advertising across the region to fill the position.
Late last year Hilaire took leave from his post at the WICB to join the campaign trail in St. Lucia late last year, before the Kenny Anthony administration was returned to office last November.
Hillaire and WICB President Julian Hunt were also closely involved in St. Lucia’s election in 2006 when hunt was a losing candidate.
Hilaire took over the WICB CEO position in September 2009 replacing Donald Peters.
During his tenure he has been involved in a number of public spats with former WIPA President Dinanath Ramnarine and will also be remembered for his contentious handling of issues with senior players most notably Jamaicans Chris Gayle and Jerome Taylor.
Hillaire’s departure also coincides with the new ICC regulations as it seeks to globally suppress the appearance of political interference in the administration of the game.
The ICC advised members that the appointment of politicians to their board would be prohibited at their June 2012 meeting with another year before sanctions would be applied.