President of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Conde Riley has confirmed that chief executive officer Noel Lynch is parting company with the local governing body of cricket in the island at the end of the month.
Lynch who was appointed to the position of CEO of the BCA two years ago submitted his letter of resignation in a letter to Riley dated March 31, informing him he will be leaving the top management position in the BCA’s secretariat on April 31.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, Riley dismissed suggestions that there was animosity between the BCA and its departing CEO, stressing that Lynch had made a personal decision to move on.
“Noel has indicated to us that he is moving on, it was a personal decision taken by him. I respect his decision, there is no animosity between Noel and the BCA, he made a choice and we have to respect it. I would like to thank him for the sterling contribution he made to the development of Barbados’ cricket during his time at the BCA,” Riley said.
When asked to name some of the major highlights during Lynch’s tenure as the top executive of the BCA, Riley pointed to the outgoing CEO’s marketing skills and the improvement of the live-streaming during first-class matches played in Barbados on the BCA’s website.
“Noel brought extraordinary marketing skills to the job of CEO that were instrumental in us taking our website to a new level. Under his guidance, the streaming of first-class and fifty-over matches and played by the Barbados Pride at home were tremendous. The stream was linked to the radio commentaries which created a new dimension and attracted more viewers to watch the matches on the website, especially during the Regional Super50 Tournament. In the Super50, the hits on the website were at an all-time high. We also changed the format of the Saturday broadcast of the Elite matches with the creation of the Match of the Day which was produced by the BCA. All of these initiatives were created to make cricket which is still the national game of Barbados the most widely heard sport on radio throughout the island, Noel as our CEO played a pivotal role in the execution of those projects,” Riley said.
He added: “Noel also served as a Minister of Tourism in the Cabinet of a former Government of Barbados, and is a past national athlete who represented the island in the 100 meters and is currently the vice-president of the Barbados Amateur Athletics Association. Therefore he understood sports and brought a level of high-quality management to the running of the affairs of the BCA, it will be difficult to replace him,” Riley added.
While acknowledging that Lynch has been the third CEO of the BCA to demit office within the last five years, the president said these departures should not be seen as a reflection on his organization.
“If an analysis is done to examine the reasons why there have been three CEOs of the BCA, it is clear the two prior to Noel left in circumstances that have nothing to do with the BCA.
“In Noel’s case, he has decided to move on. His decision to leave was unexpected, but I cannot do anything about that, these things happen. People get better offers, sometimes they decide to accept new challenges. I accept and respect Noel’s decision”, Riley said.
He stated the position created by Lynch’s departure would not be filled until after the pending general election has taken place on the island.
“We have decided to wait until after the general elections are held before filling the position of CEO, whoever is appointed to the position will have the responsibility of managing our new strategic plan which has been designed to make Barbados’ cricket stronger and better,” Riley said.