WICB pays tribute to Jackie Hendricks

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) at its meeting in Antigua last weekend, expressed its congratulations to the newly-elected President of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), business executive Paul Campbell, while paying tribute to his predecessor, Jackie Hendricks, former Jamaica and West Indies wicketkeeper.

WICB President, Dr. Julian Hunte  said Hendricks led the JCA with distinction over the past 10 years, and he was confident that his successor, Paul Campbell, who edged out West Indies fast bowling legend Courtenay Walsh in a keenly contested election, will maintain both the standard and quality of leadership which characterized Hendricks’ tour of duty at the helm of the JCA.

Hendricks , a former ICC match referee, who represented West Indies at Test level from 1958-69, is retiring from cricket administration after leading the Jamaica Cricket Association for the last 10 years, during which he served as a Director of the WICB.

Hendricks said he looked forward to West Indies cricket regaining some of the ground lost in recent years. He said that crucial to the attainment of this objective will be the development of our young players.  He commented: “We must make every effort to ensure that they reach Test level, that they are well groomed for the game and that they fit smoothly into international cricket.”

Hendricks gave the assurance that he will continue to be available for counsel and advice in any aspect of the game.

Hendricks’ successor, Paul Campbell, speaking about the contribution which he would wish to make to the development of West Indies cricket, in his new role as President of the JCA, said  he wants to see cricket treated as a business by the cricketers of Jamaica and the JCA, under his leadership will be committed to ensuring that cricketers are provided with the necessary resources to assist them in honing their skills, thereby becoming better at their game and more valuable to their respective teams and, by extension, their country.

Campbell says he wants this to be a manifestation of West Indies cricket going forward.