Tonight Kirk Edwards remains in the lurch.
And no closer to playing for Barbados in the imminent future.
A scheduled meeting with an ad hoc committee of the Barbados Cricket Association never materialised today. This, though Edwards and his West Indies Players Association (WIPA) appointed attorney Donna Symmonds, as well as the BCA’s hierarchy led by president Joel Garner, were all present at Kensington Oval for the meeting.
A confidential BCA source told Barbados TODAY this evening that the embattled Barbados and West Indies batsman waited for more than two hours to have his tête-à-tête with the BCA’s head honchos but his wait was in vain with no BCA official speaking to Edwards. This came after BCA’s chief executive officer Rollins Howard had said last week that an ad hoc committee would have met with Edwards today.
“The BCA president [Garner] was at the meeting and other members of the BCA, as well as attorney-at-law Pat Cheltenham. But Kirk and his lawyer were made to wait outside the room and he never got the chance to speak to anyone in the BCA. No one invited him into the room where the meeting was held,” the BCA source revealed, hours after a security officer acting “on behalf of the BCA management” had ordered a Barbados TODAY team off the premises.
The BCA source further told this newspaper that the only communication that occurred was between Symmonds and a member of the board’s legal team who spoke to her outside the meeting room.
About 4 p.m. Edwards exited Kensington Oval, head slumped, and he declined to comment on what had transpired. Symmonds also offered no comment. About ten minutes later they were followed by members from the BCA board’s team led by Garner. When asked about any developments made during the meeting Garner responded: “I have no comment to make to the Press.”
Cheltenham also declined to speak on the matter, stating only that as the BCA’s lawyer he could not talk.
Edwards’ troubles with the BCA board first started with his loss of the captaincy of the Barbados side, despite leading the team to victory in the 2013 Regional Four-Day Tournament. It then escalated with his expulsion from the side currently contesting the NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. Edwards refused to sign for team uniforms which he considered sub-standard and he was sent home by team manager Hartley Reid.
Edwards earlier publicly indicated he never had any disciplinary issues and last week WICB president Dave Cameron praised Edwards’ leadership of the West Indies “A” team.