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WICB says no to dissolution

December 30th, 2015 | Tags: West Indies Cricket Board dissolution CARICOM WICB
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will not be bowing to demands from the Caricom appointed sub-committee which has called for the dissolution of the board. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will not be bowing to demands from the Caricom appointed sub-committee which has called for the dissolution of the board.

Earlier this year, Caricom appointed a sub-committee to look at the governance of West Indies cricket who reported that the regional board needs to be dissolved as a first step to a new way forward for West Indies cricket.

However, following a meeting with the board’s directors and Queen’s Counsel Anthony Astaphan, it was felt that the process used to arrive at the Caricom position was flawed.

In its response to the call from Caricom, the WICB found that the limited scope of the interviews conducted by the panel was not proper. In a report which is expected to be released to the media today, the WICB stated the presidents of the territorial boards expressed concern that neither they, nor members of their respective boards were interviewed or consulted by the panel. “Additionally, none of the independent directors were interviewed by the panel. This failure to consult with a representative of local cricket administrators and operators meant, or had the consequence of, denying the panel a full opportunity of ascertaining the key facts. This has caused or triggered findings and recommendations by the panel which are not supported by the facts.”

It noted that the panel made statements and conclusions related to the structure and governance of the WICB, while ignoring the sweeping structural and governance changes which took place at WICB since 2002.

“Great focus was placed on connecting WICB governance directly to the on-field performance of the senior team. This team is selected by a selection committee comprising cricket legends. The team consists of the best players available for selection and consists of men, not boys. The players are well supported, are comparatively well paid as professionals, and have an obligation to produce their best efforts consistently. It is therefore wrong to blame “governance” of the WICB for the team’s performances on the field. In any event, the WICB was not given the credit when the team won the ICC Champions Trophy ten years ago, or the T20 World Cup just three years ago.”

The report continued: “The panel relied on the one-year-old abandoned Indian tour matter, and the more recent disciplinary action resulting from the inappropriate public comments by the coach, as matters which can justify their wide ranging assumptions and recommendations. The board is of the view that the panel got the facts wrong in both matters and therefore arrived at unjustified conclusions.” 

The report noted that the facts surrounding the cancellation of the tour were public knowledge and it was well known that the Indian tour was not cancelled or acquiesced by the WICB. It stated that the matter of the coach concerned his own irregular conduct and his breach of provisions of his contract. “The matter was appropriately, and some believed leniently, dealt with by the management, and supported by members of the Human Resource Committee. This was not a Board decision as was assumed by some in the media and the panel. The coach admitted that he had erred and apologised to the CEO and WICB publicly.”

Acknowledging need for change

The report said that although the WICB rejected the panel’s recommendations, it does not mean that the WICB does not accept the need for further change. It called for mutual respect, the facts, and a firm understanding of the status, developments and achievements of the WICB in the ongoing discussion to move West Indies cricket forward.

The WICB reported that it would do the following:

1. Appoint a subcommittee, to include independent directors, to review the few recommendations from the Lucky, Patterson and Wilkin reports which the WICB has not already implemented.

2. Thereafter, to appoint a change management expert to review the recommendations of the subcommittee; the present structure and management system; and the Committees of the WICB and TBs. The expert will also advise on recommendations which ought to be considered by the Board to improve the governance, management and administration of cricket.

3. Take immediate steps to improve communications through various media and methods including direct communication with shareholders, Governments, stakeholders, legends and former West Indies cricketers on matters concerning governance.

4. Take steps to initiate discussions with stakeholders on and to assist with the development of cricket in the territories especially at the school level.

5. Take steps to ensure the wide public distribution of audited financial statements and other reports, once approved by the Annual General Meeting and in so far as other reports are concerned, by the Board.

7 Responses to “WICB says no to dissolution”

  • weed (30/12/2015, 10:09) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    use the race track for this sports
  • Political Observer (30/12/2015, 12:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The disarray of West Indies cricket is emblematic of the state of affairs within regional countries. Cricket, along with the University of West Indies, was once one of the bright spots of regional integration. Cricket and cricket opportunities changed but West Indies Cricket management seems not to be in the front to facilitate the change. Two types of cricketers are now needed: limited over specialists and the boring 5/4/3 day player. Being capped to play for the West Indies is not the big deal is use to be. Most players are going for the money. Cricket is now highly commercialized and national pride is secondary. The winds and waves of change is blowing/roaring fiercely and West Indies Cricket Board got to catch and ride the wave. It must be a change agent in making cricket relevant in the region again.

    Unlike in the 50s and 60s where Cricket was king, it has been dethroned by other sports, i.e., basketball......etc. It has to compete now for limited talent. There is a new attitude and need of the modern sports fan; they want excitement and see outcomes at the end of the day. There is no passion for a cricket game that may draw after 5 days. Lacking the facilities, coupled with a small talent pool, cricket will not be a major sport. In the other regional countries, there is a cricket pitch in every village (at least it use to be) where cricketers can develop and hone their skills.
  • Change Needed (30/12/2015, 16:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Maybe they should consider two boards. One for text and one for limited overs.. We need to do something different.. Can't go on like this.
  • Time 4 test to go (30/12/2015, 16:42) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    When our cricket was on top small islands in leewar and windward couldn't get a game on their grounds. Now its shxxxiitt. Can't get the grounds in Barbados, Trinidad. Jamaica and Guyana. Like they use to. Now they bringing so much games to small islands looking for money... No vision, biggit and selfish attitude back then. Is the results now.
  • its gone. sad (30/12/2015, 16:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    These players just can't play, they can't bowl. They can't bat. They can't Field. To compound that they have no discipline. But inspire of. They making big money. They should give half of their wealth to cricketers of the past.. Who really played hard and put us on the world mop and get nothing.
  • JP (06/01/2016, 23:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ok .then fire old goat clive

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