Cricket panel to review WICB

CARICOM and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have agreed to establish a panel to conduct a review of the government’s structure of the board.

This was the major outcome of a near five-hour meeting between CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee and the directors of the management of the WICB in Grenada recently.

CARICOM Chairman, Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas and CARICOM secretary general, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, also attended the meeting which took place recently at the Spice Island Beach Resort.

President of the WICB, Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron led the board’s team, which included the vice-president, directors, as well as the chief executive officer and corporate secretary.

The Cricket Governance Committee, which initiated the meeting, was established by the heads of government to review the administrative and governance structure of WICB with a view to involving greater stakeholder participation.

It comprises the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell as chairman, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, Gaston Browne and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

It was agreed that the prime minister of Grenada, as chairman of the Cricket Governance Committee, will consult with the president of the WICB on the composition of the five-member panel.

According to a WICB press release, the CARICOM secretary general will prepare the terms of reference for the work of the panel and submit them to Prime Minister Mitchell who will also consult with the president of the WICB.

The Cricket Governance Committee and the WICB have also agreed that the panel will submit its recommendations within three months of the commencement of its evaluation.

Upon receipt of the report, both sides are intent on collaborating with each other with a view to reversing the current negative trends in the sport and governance.

The panel will comprise a member of the legal profession, a West Indies cricket legend, someone from academia, a member of the private sector and an individual knowledge of the work of the WICB.

Both parties expressed satisfaction of the outcome of the meeting.