PORT OF SPAIN –– President of the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) and director on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Azim Bassarath says the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) release shows confidence in the affairs of the WICB.
The ICC sent out a release yesterday summing up decisions made at their second meeting of 2016 at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on Sunday.
Under the section ‘Independence of Member Boards’, the ICC reiterated its position of independence and noted that it will not accept government interference in the affairs of its members. The release stated the ICC wants all its members to work independently with the best intentions of promoting and developing the game in their respective territories in accordance with the ICC’s objectives and strategy.
The current call from CARICOM for the dissolution of the WICB may have been indirectly dealt with following a decision to suspend Nepal from the body.
In light of an ongoing court case involving the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and an ad hoc committee established by the Nepalese National Sports Council (NSC), to manage the sport there, the Board suspended the membership of CAN for breach of Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections.
The suspension means that CAN will not be entitled to receive any ICC funding. However, the Board, in its discretion felt that the players should not suffer due to this suspension and decided that the Nepal cricket teams would continue to feature in ICC events.
Bassarath said: “The fact that the ICC wishes no governmental interference in the cricket tells me that in our case down here they have the faith that the WICB will put the cricket right and have been putting the cricket right. While the board has been criticised, looking at the fact that we won three world tournaments this year, tells me that there are things that the board is doing right.
“I believe that the cricket belongs to all the people in the Caribbean and as such the board must continue dialogue with all stakeholders in taking the cricket forward. The line that CARICOM has taken, looking to get the board dissolved is not the right one.”
Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart has come out against the wishes of CARICOM and has stated that he wants Caribbean politicians and leaders to avoid getting too involved in the running of West Indies cricket.