The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) has not abandoned or deserted former national captain and West Indies all-rounder Shaquana Quintyne, says BCA president Conde Riley.
The BCA boss came out in defence of the association against critics who have accused the local governing body of turning its back on Quintyne after she picked up a right knee injury four years ago at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua during a Cricket West Indies (CWI) training camp.
Riley said the BCA had been advised by CWI to stay out of the matter because it was now a legal one. However, he assured that once given clearance by CWI the BCA would look after Quintyne.
“I promise that once we get clearance from Cricket West Indies we will look after her. She is one of ours,” Riley told Barbados TODAY.
“Our legal affairs committee is dealing with the matter. They are to find out from Cricket West Indies what is the exact position with regards to the letter from her lawyer so that we would have a better understanding. But we were told that the matter was sub judice and we should stay out of it.
“So, we couldn’t really get involved at that time because she was in contact with Cricket West Indies, then she had these three surgeries all looked after by Cricket West Indies according to what they said,” Riley said.
He revealed that CWI met today and the BCA will wait to hear what the latest developments are with regards to the regional governing body and Quintyne.
“Our legal affairs committee has been looking into it. But it is COVID and the office has been shut down. But I know that CWI met today and I look forward to hearing from the chairman with regards to what they found,” Riley explained.
Also in defence of his association, Riley said they do not seek to disadvantage any of their players and their track record of providing for players speaks for itself.
“BCA has eight contracted players, three contracted players by CWI, 15 franchise players and on top of that every year we contract 15 youngsters between the ages of 19 and 24. We don’t run away. If they want to study, we take it off their parents by giving them a monthly salary.
“We are in no way trying to disadvantage anybody. It is because she was on contract, she was in a West Indies Cricket board camp and every time we tried to ask what the status was, oh she had two surgeries, she went to Canada for another one. We (CWI) pay for everything. We have a letter from her lawyer and we advise you the BCA to stay out of it,” Riley said.
Earlier this week former chairman of the BCA’s Women’s Committee and long-serving association member Hartley Reid charged that the BCA had abandoned Quintyne and had even refused to 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 recognise the severity because they never really enquired into what happened,” Reid told Barbados Today.
Following her career-ending injury, Quintyne has qualified as a personal trainer.