The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) has dropped the ball big time in the manner with which they have handled the situation of former national captain and West Indies all-rounder Shaquana Quintyne, says Hartley Reid.
The longstanding BCA member and past chairman of the women’s committee said he pleaded with members of the board to assist Quintyne and not once did they meet with her.
“Every month we met as a board. I would attempt to draw the members attention to the plight that she was in and ask that we meet with her. First and foremost, to assure her that she was our captain and that we empathise with the plight that she was in. And that we will be with her all the way.
“Not on one occasion did the board apart from me meet with her. So, yes, the BCA dropped the ball badly. CWI themselves never recognised the severity because they never really enquired into what happened,” Reid told Barbados TODAY.
Reid who has been involved in domestic cricket for decades and served in many capacities said the BCA abandoned Quintyne in her time of need. He is therefore calling on the local governing body to do the honourable thing and offer Quintyne employment. The 25-year-old is now certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Reid expressed how proud he was of Quintyne for taking this great step towards being a qualified trainer.
This came close to four years after her career came to a sudden halt in 2017 when she injured her right knee at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
“BCA has a responsibility to her. And she is not begging, she is now qualified in an area that the BCA needs in physical training. And she is highly qualified in that area. All that they can do now in an attempt to make the wrong right, is to employ her with a substantial contract so that she can still be around cricket and do the things that she loves.
“The cricket-loving people in Barbados and indeed the region, they are the ones that have to put pressure on the authority. Both Cricket West Indies and the BCA have to step up to the plate and do the honourable thing.
“If you cannot recognise what you have done even in this latter stage and you still cannot attempt to rectify it, that means you have no pride. That means the term pride is no longer in Barbados’ coat of arms. There is no pride,” Reid stressed.
A former Barbados team manager, Reid strongly believes that the media should bring awareness to athletes like Quintyne who are faced with similar plight. He noted that this could happen to anyone and therefore the matter should not be allowed to stay silent.
“It is issues like these where the press must champion and must not let it go out of the public eye. Because what happened to Shaquana could also happen to another athlete. And they may not be fortunate enough to have a person like me who is willing to go the extra mile with them.
“I can afford to speak my mind on this issue. I continue to use the word abandoned. She was abandoned under a frivolous excuse from the BCA that she was contracted to Cricket West Indies.
“So, if the Cricket West Indies doesn’t do anything for her, she is a Barbadian national, so it means we are not going to do anything either? First and foremost, the home drum must be first,” Reid explained.
Reid made it clear that this was not the way to treat Barbados’ athletes. “This is not the way to treat anyone. No employer should abandon an employee. That is the first thing. But when you have the kind of talent that Shaquana had, she was exceptional.
“I thought that she was the future captain of the Cricket West Indies’ women’s team. She was the successful captain of Barbados both at Under-19 and senior team level. When it comes to cricket, she knows her cricket and she produced in both batting and bowling. You cannot abandon persons in the time of need and Shaquana was abandoned.”