WICB rejects closure proposal

Professor Eudine Barriteau.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has rejected a proposal by the CARICOM Governance Review Panel (CGRP) to dissolve the board.

In a strongly-worded reply to the CGRP’s report in which it also defended its stewardship, the WICB dismissed the recommendation as “impractical” and said the panel would have been better served focusing on “the need for growing private-public partnerships at the local and regional levels in the interest of West Indies cricket development going forward.”

The panel was commissioned by CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial Committee on Cricket and chaired by University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau.

The major recommendation of the report called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB and the appointment of an interim board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework.”

However, the WICB criticized the panel’s investigations as “limited in scope” and said this had “triggered findings and recommendations…. which are not supported by facts.”

“The presidents of the territorial boards expressed concern that neither they, not members of their respective boards were interviewed or consulted by the panel,” the WICB said.

The board also contended that its dissolution was also not legally viable and such an action also carried with it major financial ramifications.

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