WICB refuses CARICOM dissolution plan

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has flatly said no to the CARICOM proposal regarding dissolution of the entity.

CARICOM had earlier this year appointed a sub-committee to review the governance of West Indies cricket. That sub-committee, as one of its proposals, suggested the disbanding of the WICB as being important to bringing about changes in the fortunes of the regional cricket side.

However, the WICB, after meeting with lawyer Anthony Astaphan and the board of directors, believes that the process of the review forced flawed results.

According to the WICB, the interviews the sub-committee conducted as part of their review were limited in scope.

The limitations of the interviews, the WICB contends, became evident by the fact that no member of the territorial boards was contacted.

“Additionally, none of the independent directors was interviewed by the panel. This failure to consult with a representative of local cricket administrators and operators meant, or had the consequence of, denying the panel a full opportunity of ascertaining the key facts. This has caused or triggered findings and recommendations by the panel which are not supported by the facts,” a part of the WICB response read.

The WICB went on to point out that despite the organisation’s dismissal of the dissolution proposal, the need for changes is agreed upon.

There are five such changes the WICB has agreed to make:

  1.  Appoint a subcommittee, to include independent directors, to review the few recommendations from the Lucky, Patterson and Wilkin reports which the WICB has not already implemented.
  2. Thereafter, to appoint a change management expert to review the recommendations of the subcommittee; the present structure and management system; and the Committees of the WICB and TBs. The expert will also advise on recommendations which ought to be considered by the Board to improve the governance, management and administration of cricket.
  3. Take immediate steps to improve communications through various media and methods including direct communication with shareholders, Governments, stakeholders, legends and former West Indies cricketers on matters concerning governance.
  4. Take steps to initiate discussions with stakeholders on and to assist with the development of cricket in the territories especially at the school level.
  5. Take steps to ensure the wide public distribution of audited financial statements and other reports, once approved by the Annual General Meeting and in so far as other reports are concerned, by the Board.

(Taken from Sportsmax.com)