Johnny Grave named WICB chief executive

Johnny Grave named WICB chief executive

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed Johnny Grave as its new chief executive.

Grave will start work with the WICB in February, and will be based in Antigua. In order to assume the role, Grave is set to leave England’s Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA), where he has been commercial director since 2007. 
 
The WICB chief executive position has been vacant since Michael Muirhead stepped down in December 2016, having announced his resignation in October.

In a media release announcing Grave’s appointment, the WICB declared his main priorities would include overseeing a US$40 million budget and increasing the amount of money generated by cricket in the West Indies, as well as improving the performance of the senior side and the relationship between the team and the board.

Dave Cameron, the WICB president, said: “Johnny has a proven track record of success in his career to date and a huge amount of relevant experience and will add exceptional value to the organisation. Johnny was the unanimous choice of the interview panel and clearly shares our vision for the future of West Indies cricket.”

“I am delighted to have been given the honour of becoming the new CEO of the WICB,” added Grave. “I am genuinely excited by the opportunity of improving cricket at all levels within the region and am looking forward to working with the many stakeholders who are committed to the long-term development of West Indies cricket.”

The West Indies cricket team will next be in action in March, when they host England for three one-day internationals. The series begins on 3rd March at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.