Mitchell quits cricket body

Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has quit as chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket governance, accusing some of his colleagues of making “divisive” public statements after agreements had been reached at the heads of government level.

He suggested St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves take up the position.

“I gave it up because I felt angered by the behavior of a couple of our leaders in the region and the way they behaved when we took a decision; and I felt that they undermined the authority of the chairman of the sub-committee at the time and therefore I did not feel I could continue in that position,” he said during an interview with Grenada Sports recently.

In June, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne “categorically rejected” the call for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), putting him at odds with the Grenada leader.

Prime Minister Browne said to an audience which included WICB president Dave Cameron he believes firmly that to dissolve the West Indies Cricket Board would be to plunge West Indies cricket into further chaos and confusion.

Mitchell has been in the forefront of spearheading efforts to restructure the WICB and has endorsed the recent Barriteau Report, which last year recommended “the immediate dissolution” of the embattled WICB.

He stressed that if regional leaders refuse to speak with one voice the WICB would continue to operate without being made to account for their actions.