WICB yet to make radical changes

Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, left, looks back after playing a shot during the second test cricket match against West Indies in Kolkata, India.
Associated Press / Bikas Das, File

A ruling by the Supreme Court in India aimed at shaking-up the administration of cricket in that country should give fresh momentum to a move for radical changes to the operations of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), a former chairman of the governance committee for West Indies cricket has said.

The Supreme Court has suspended two franchises in the Indian Premier League (ILP) for two years over a corruption scandal and had recommended changes to make the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) more transparent.

In an article circulated across the Caribbean, Charles Wilkins has accused WICB administrators of deliberately refusing to introduce the changes needed in the region for personal reasons.

“The same changes are badly needed in this region. The WICB has itself recognized that, but does not like the consequences for its clique of administrators hence has backed away,” said Wilkins in his article.

In April, the WICB and CARICOM prime ministers said they had agreed to set up a panel comprising eminent Caribbean persons to examine the problem-plagued governance structure of the WICB with the view of “reversing the current negative trends in the sport.”

The move represented the latest attempt to arrest a worrying trend of crises in the regional administration of the game.

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