Abandoned tour on the agenda in WICB, CARICOM meeting
ST JOHN'S, Antigua, (CMC):
Last year's controversial abandoned tour of India will be on the agenda when the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) meets with CARICOM's Committee on Cricket Governance tomorrow in Grenada.
WICB president, Dave Cameron, along with all 18 directors of the board, will sit down with four regional Prime Ministers including current CARICOM chairman, Perry Christie of the Bahamas, to discuss the state of the game.
The abandoned tour of India last October is one of three items up for discussion along with the reform and governance of West Indies cricket. The relationship between the CARICOM Committee on Cricket Governance and the WICB is also on the agenda.
"This will be a big opportunity for us to fortify our relationship with CARICOM," said WICB Chief Executive Officer Michael Muirhead, who along with WICB Vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan and Corporate Secretary Verlyn Faustin, will participate in the meeting.
"We believe that the governments of the Caribbean are among the group of key stakeholders in West Indies cricket and we want to engage them on some of the critical matters relating to the advancement of the sport in the region."
Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell will chair the meeting, with Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne, and St Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, expected to be in attendance.
The meeting will bring Cameron face to face with the outspoken Gonsalves, who criticised the WICB chief in the wake of the abandoned tour.
Gonsalves, who played a critical role in mediating the subsequent impasse between the board, the aggrieved players and players union, the West Indies Players' Association, described Cameron's leadership as "poor" and "embarrassing" in his handling of the controversy.
The long-standing Vincentian leader also called for Cameron to resign or be fired by regional boards.
Cameron was re-elected for another term last month.