CARICOM and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have agreed to establish a panel to conduct a review of the governance structure of the Board.
This was the key outcome of a near five-hour long meeting between the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee and the Directors and Management of the WICB.
CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry Christie, and CARICOM secretary general, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, also attended the meeting which took place last Monday at the Spice Island Beach Resort.
President of the WICB, Mr. Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron led the Board’s team which included vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan, Chief Executive Officer Michael Muirhead, Corporate Secretary Verlyn Faustin as well as its Directors.
The Cricket Governance Committee, which initiated the meeting, was established by the Heads of Government to review the administrative and governance structure of the WICB with a view to involving greater stakeholder participation.
It comprises the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell as Chairman, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Brown and the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves.
It was agreed that Dr Mitchell as Chairman of the Cricket Governance Committee, will consult with the President of the WICB on the composition of the five-member panel.
The CARICOM Secretary General will prepare the terms of reference for the work of the panel and submit them to Prime Minister Mitchell who will also consult with the President of the WICB on the matter.
The Cricket Governance Committee and the WICB have also agreed that the panel will submit its recommendations within three months of the commencement of its evaluation. Upon receipt of the report, both sides are intent on collaborating with each other with a view to reversing the current negative trends in the sport and its governance.
The panel will comprise a member of the legal profession, a West Indies cricket legend, someone from academia, a member of the private sector and an individual with intimate knowledge of the work of the WICB.
Both parties expressed satisfaction at the outcome.
“I think the meeting was very productive and very positive. We have agreed on a way forward. I think we have a shared vision and all of us want to see West Indies perform at the highest standard. We are committed to making this happen,” said Mr. Cameron.
In brief remarks after the meeting, Prime Minister Mitchell said, “We were able to meet with the Directors of the WICB to express the view of the necessity for change and I think we have reached a conclusion in that respect…which will chart the way forward. We will be working together with the WICB and all concerned to move West Indies cricket forward.”