|HINDS… allegedly verbally abused officials in Super Cup match
Wavell Hinds, Jamaica’s senior cricket captain, has been banned for the remainder of this calendar year after being found guilty of breaching the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) disciplinary code during a Super Cup match June 23-24.
Information reaching the Sunday Observer is that during the game involving the Hinds-led Kensington Cricket Club and Trelawny Parish at Kensington Park, Hinds allegedly verbally abused the officials.
On-field umpires Errington Malcolm and Desmond Edwards subsequently filed an official complaint. On Friday, July 27, the Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Justice Howard Cooke and including attorneys Jeffrey Mordecai and Dr Lloyd Barnett; former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Tony Irons; and the informal chaplin of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Rev Selvin Watson, found the 30-year-old Hinds guilty of an infringement.
Hinds, who missed last weekend’s game against Manchester Parish, has the right to an appeal, which must be filed “within 14 days”, according to Paul Campbell, first vice-president of the JCA. However, the local governing body has yet to receive an appeal from the player.
When contacted by the Sunday Observer, the JCA’s Honorary Secretary Milton Henry would not confirm or deny Hinds’ ban, but conceded “there was a hearing” on July 27, involving the player.
Hinds could not be reached for a comment.
The duration of the ban, if an expected appeal is unsuccessful, could significantly affect the stuttering career of the left-handed batsman, who last represented the West Indies in the triangular One-Day International series against Australia in India in November 2006.
With the regional cricket season tentatively set to begin later this year (October) Hinds would be ineligible for selection to the national team until next January, should the ban stand.
The ban would leave the national selectors with no option but to replace Hinds as Jamaica captain – a job he has held for the past three seasons. West Indies opener and close friend Chris Gayle who led West Indies to a surprise 2-1 One-Day International Series win over England in that country last month, and Tamar Lambert who has led Jamaica with success on occasions, are the likely contenders to replace Hinds as Jamaica captain.
Additionally, the former Camperdown High School star could also miss an opportunity to play in the Stanford Twenty20 tournament, as the Ruddy Williams-led selection panel may opt for a player who is in-form and match-ready for the January-February tournament.
Hinds’ absence is a major blow to his club Kensington, which began the defence of their domestic one-day title last weekend on a losing note.
Kensington have struggled in the two-day version of game this season – despite Hinds being one of the leading runscorers in the Super Cup competition – and have been relegated from the top flight for the second time in three years.
Meantime, it has been confirmed that Marvin James and Ricardo Howe of Police were slapped with one-match suspensions by the Disciplinary Committee after they were also found guilty of breaching the disciplinary code of the JCA during their July 7-8 Red Stripe Senior Cup match against Clarendon at Garvey Maceo High School.