'WI cricket problems mirror crisis in CARICOM'
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
The problems hampering West Indies cricket mirror a crisis plaguing the Caribbean Community, the St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony has argued.
As such, Prime Minister Anthony is calling for an overhaul of the structure of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the body which governs the sport in the region.
However, while insisting that change is needed, the St Lucian leader does not believe politicians should interfere with the administration of the sport.
"The WICB are not answerable to the people of the region," Dr Anthony told the Express following his lecture at the CARICOM Leaders Series on the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies.
Prime Minister Anthony was quoted as saying that once the board's structure was changed, the politicians should leave it alone.
The WICB has come under intense public scrutiny after the controversy surrounding the West Indies aborted Tour of India late last year.
"For my part, I would have started with a new, fresh team," the Express quotes Prime Minister Anthony as saying in reference to the players.
Reason for pull out
The pull out, as a result of a pay dispute between the players and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), left the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with a US$42 million claim against WICB.
The conduct of incumbent president Dave Cameron has also been the subject of raging debate in the cricket world, particularly after he retweeted a fan's tweet criticising West Indies opener Chris Gayle recently.
"It is important that we remember that the crisis of CARICOM and of integration, even in cricket, is not isolated," the prime minister said during his lecture presentation.
"It is a crisis of our institutions, our societies, our economic models, and our system of governance. If truth be told, we have a huge task to restore hope and confidence in our people".
The St Lucian Prime Minister was speaking on the topic, 'Delivered or Denied: The Dividends of Integration'.
"CARICOM is in crisis," Prime Minister Anthony told the audience.