PM Mitchell: Rescue West Indies cricket

Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell addresses the CARICOM Summit in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. More than a dozen leaders arrived to the island nation for the summit of Caribbean leaders.
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Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has called on CARICOM leaders to rescue West Indies cricket from its current crisis.

He also urged them to re-visit the recommendations of the dormant Governance Report on cricket.

Addressing the two-day inter-sessional summit in Haiti last week, the outspoken leader said West Indies cricket required an effective governance framework in order to flourish and warned unless this was done the game would continue to “wallow in the land of under-performance and mismanagement.”

Dr. Mitchell told his colleagues he was heartened by the recommendations of the Prime Ministerial Committee which among other things, recognized that the public good nature of West Indies cricket requires a forging of a governance framework that respect the rules and independence mandated by the (International Cricket Council) but which also provides a proper framework for all stakeholders in the governance of West Indies cricket.

The CARICOM-commissioned Governance Review Panel, headed by UWI principal Professor Eudine Barriteau, prepared the controversial report which as it main recommendation called for the “immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and the appointment of an interim board whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven obsolete governance framework.”

The recommendations were rejected by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) (now Cricket West Indies), headed by President Dave Cameron.

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