Cricket audit needed

Six former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials are calling on CARICOM to conduct a forensic audit of the board to save West Indies cricket from a “total collapse.”

The officials — Ken Gordon, Pat Rosseau, Anthony Deyal, Charles Wilkin, Bruce Aanensen and Imran Khan — have claimed that the current administration under Jamaican Dave Cameron has seemingly become “untouchable,” and is not doing anything that would lead to the “inevitable demise’ of cricket in the Caribbean.

Former WICB president Ken Gordon said: “We must reinforce the message that West Indies cricket belongs to the people of the West Indies, not to the WICB.”

Gordon, who was president from 2006-2008 added, “it may be timely to call for a forensic audit of the organization. We need to lift the cloud veil which now surrounds that body. Answers are required and this can be a first step to return to the transparency required of a body which is a major beneficiary of regional resources and private sponsorship.”

“We need to save our cricket and this has to start with getting the WICB right. It would be entirely legitimate for CARICOM to fund such an exercise and I urge that they consider doing so,” he added.

Wilkin, a former chairman of the WICB’s governance committee, suggested that unless the board heeds the calls for change, CARICOM governments should “refuse permission for use of the stadia and refuse them access to regional cricket grounds.”

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