Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell arrives in Barbados later this month to deliver a much anticipated lecture on West Indies cricket.
The 19th Annual Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Lecture by Mitchell, chair of the CARICOM Subcommittee On Cricket Governance, follows the triple crowning of West Indies teams –– the West Indies Under-19, and Men’s and Women’s teams at the Twenty20 World Cup in India.
The veteran Grenadian leader, a cricket enthusiast, is well known for his outspoken stance on regional cricket and challenges to the sport. Last November, he delivered a report by an Independent Review Panel headed by principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Professor Eudine Barriteau.
That report on the governance of cricket in the Caribbean recommended the immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and the appointment of an interim board whose structure and composition would be radically different from the current governance framework, which it said was proven to be obsolete.
Mitchell’s lecture, titled West Indies Cricket In The 21St Century: Continuity And Change, will be delivered on May 25 at 7:30 at the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex.
It is organized by the UWI in partnership with CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.
The Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Lecture focuses on the history and culture of cricket, particularly within the context of the West Indies and the global dynamics.
Over the years, it has attracted some of the game’s brightest scholars, cricketing greats, and regional leaders, among them former Jamaican prime minister P.J. Patterson in 2013 who spoke on Building On Our Unique Heritage For The Full Release Of Abundant Talent, and Dr Ralph Gonsalves in 2012 who explored Leadership And West Indies Cricket: Frank Worrell And The Contemporary Caribbean.