West Indies leg-spinner Rawl Lewis has been appointed interim West Indies team manager for the Twenty20 World Cup in India in March.
Lewis, 31, who is currently a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) project officer, played five Tests and 28 One-Day Internationals between 1977 and 2009.
“He brings to the job a wealth of administrative experience, having worked in the WICB Operations Department for six years, since retiring from regional cricket,” states a WICB release.
Lewis fills the role left vacant by former West Indies Captain Richie Richardson who left in January to take up a post as match referee with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
West Indies will do battle at the March 8 to April 3 Twenty20 World Cup in Group 1 with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and a yet-to-be qualifier.
Meanwhile, the WICB has cleared three of its executives, President Dave Cameron, Vice-President Emmanuel Nathan, Director of Cricket Richard Pybus and the regional team selectors of alleged “interference” in the selection of the senior men’s squad in 2015.
In a news release recently, the WICB said simply that: “The report of the findings from the ‘alleged interference’ in the selection process for the senior men’s team is in. The report also features a seven-point recommendation going forward”.
While stating that the findings had cleared them all, the release did not disclose the contents of the report or quote parts of it.
The WICB had appointed a committee to investigate allegations about the team selection process made by West Indies head coach Phillip Simmons on the eve of the team’s tour of Sri Lanka.
In an impromptu news conference, Simmons expressing his dissatisfaction with the squad chosen for the One-Day International stage of the tour has said there was “outside interference”.
He later apologized for making the statement.