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Head coach of the West Indies cricket squad, Bennett King
Head coach of the West Indies cricket squad, Bennett King. (WICB Image)

Hardbeatnews, ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Tues. Apr. 25, 2006: The Aussie-born head coach of the West Indies cricket squad, Bennett King, has slammed as “inaccurate,” claims that he called former players 'dinosaurs.'

King, in a West Indies Cricket board statement yesterday denied claims by sports psychologist Dr Rudi Webster that he had used the fossil analogy to describe past West Indies cricket players.

"This is completely and totally inaccurate, it's an outright lie," the statement quoted King as saying in Antigua yesterday when the report was brought to his attention. "I've worked with former players here in the West Indies and all over the world and I have the utmost respect for their outstanding contributions to the game as players and what they can provide to players now.”

The claim was made by Webster while addressing a Thinking Sports Symposium last weekend. But King pointed to his work with legendary West Indies cricketer, Sir Garry Sobers, as well as former skipper Courtney Walsh, adding that he feels the players “have a wealth of information and we cannot afford to let that slip away.”

“(That’s) what makes this report even more farcical,” King added, noting that he “is” and “am currently actively involved in urging the greater involvement of former players."

The latest controversy erupts as the WICB and the players union continues to battle over a contract and as both the Zimbabwe and India tours loom. Another meeting between a Board representative and the players union president is set for today. –