Updated: December 9, 2022 08:35 AM
No longer a team: Cricket director Elliott Wilson (right) has stepped down from his position as head coach Niraj Odedora prepares to return to the island
Elliott Wilson has resigned after just a few months as cricket director of the Bermuda Cricket Board.
Wilson, a former first-class opening batsman for Worcestershire, had big plans for the role after his appointment and was instrumental in recruiting Nirajiodedra as the new national team head coach.
However, it was revealed that the BCB had lost one of its islands the week it announced that the island had been selected as the venue for the ICC T20 World Cup regional final and that Odedra was imminent in its bid to qualify for the World Cup. I was. senior bureaucrats.
Elliott Wilson, BCB Director of Cricket, Alan Douglas Sr. and Niraj Odedora
In a statement released exclusively official gazetteWilson cites disagreements over the direction of Bermuda cricket and a possible clash of personalities as the main factors behind his decision.
Wilson’s statement reads: I resigned from all positions in mid-October.
“During this time, I obviously gained privileged insight into issues on and off the field, as well as participating in an entire summer of domestic cricket (except during national tours). I have passed on all my thoughts to President Arnold Manders.
“Outside cricket, I have a full-time job and have a very young family. It was too much to be involved in both training and administration (but it was very interesting). And the way things should be structured was different in some respects.
“Of course I don’t want to burn bridges down with BCB or cricket, and I don’t want people on the island to burn down either. I am open to talking to aspiring cricketers about cricket and supporting cricket in the future. I think we have already done so by introducing the island to the very talented national coach Niraj Odedora Did you know he coached India’s first class team to a national one day competition ?
“Bermuda cricket will be strengthened if we listen to his coaching and youth development suggestions over the next few years. increase.”
In response, BCB executive director Cal Blankendal thanked Wilson for his efforts.
“I would like to thank Elliott for his service on the Bermuda Cricket Board,” said Blankendall.
“He has completed three and a half months out of a six-month contract that was due to be reviewed at the end of the year. They gave me a lot of feedback.
“It’s sad that it ended prematurely, but his biggest contribution was introducing us to head coach Niraj Odedra, who is finalizing work permit arrangements. We have to admit that bringing him in puts us in a good position for years to come as long as we have success on the field.”
Blankendall is also keen to point out that different opinions are to be expected at the senior level of the sport, and that the decision to retire belongs to Wilson alone.
“Modern management teams have coaches, managers, executive members, and some people can have different opinions,” Blankendall said.
“At the end of the day, there are talks and people move on, but after reading his statement and his wishes for family life, time management, and everything else, I think it’s his decision to move on.” Decided to be in the best interest, but nothing.Negative feelings from our side.
“Obviously I didn’t ask for the termination of the contract. It was due to be reviewed at the end of this year, but it has not been done as the contract is void due to his departure. No bad feelings, he said. He has said he is willing to be involved in the future. I hope he continues to provide feedback if anyone in Bermuda asks.”
No decision has yet been made on whether Wilson will be replaced as cricket director.
“As it stands, the role he was playing has been absorbed by a few other people, spreading the workload,” Blankendall said. “At the moment we’re managing and dealing with it, but as it gets busier, we’ll probably want someone else.
“But in this amateur environment, when you try to compete in the professional world, it all comes down to dollars and cents. I will hire someone.
“If someone wants to serve a volunteer charity, and they are doing it out of heartfelt love, as 98% of others do, we will help that person based on their qualifications. It’s the only way to survive as an international sport.Many people here are acting out of their hearts and their love of the game.”