The West Indies Cricket Board has made a public apology to noted lawyer and arbitrator, Seenath Jairam, SC.
This follows comments on a sports broadcast on SportsMax by former WICB chief executive officer Dr. Ernest Hillaire that during the arbitration proceedings involving out-of-favour West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jairam did not allow counsel for the WICB to cross- examine the Guyanese batsman. But WICB president Dr Julian Hunte, in his statement today, has retracted Hillaire’s allegation. “
The impression is conveyed at paragraph 8 of the statement that the Arbitrator prevented WICB’s Counsel from cross-examining Mr. Sarwan and made findings of fact in favour on Mr. Sarwan despite emails and letters that could have been provided to disprove those facts.
“After due consideration the WICB accepts the record of the proceedings as an accurate account of what transpired at the hearing, which reflects that both parties to the Arbitration were given free rein to adduce all evidence as they saw it fit before the Arbitrator,” Hunte’s statement read.
Hunte added: “The conduct of the arbitration by Mr. Jairam, SC was in all respects fair and proper and the WICB unequivocally retracts any statement or impression to the contrary which may have been given by its previous statement and in an interview between our former Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ernest Hilaire and the hosts of The Zone, a sports programme broadcast on SportsMax.”
Hunte expressed “deepest and sincere regret” for any distress or embarrassment caused to Jairam by Hillaire’s statement during the interview.