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WICB silent on ICC reforms

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 2:00 AMRachid Parchment
Beckford

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) marketing and communications manager Carole Beckford says that the body will not be drawn on speculation about the future of West Indies cricket should the International Cricket Council (ICC) go ahead with its proposed changes regarding team membership.

Under these proposed changes, full members of the ICC would have their statuses reviewed every five years, after which, a decision will be made about their membership. Associate members would have their statuses reviewed every two years, and affiliate membership would be scrapped altogether.

An email, which was circulated among ICC members, said full membership status is not permanent and "a full member may be reclassified as an associate member upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee, where it fails to meet the retention criteria."

Another proposal being suggested is that the ICC will withhold funding from members unless they provide information on their finances, as well as how it is spent.

It is believed that these measures would put pressure on teams, such as the West Indies, that have been struggling with match results for a number of years.

NO NEED FOR SPECULATION

However, Beckford told The Gleaner that these are only plans and nothing has yet been decided as a meeting will first need to take place between the council and each member, associate and affiliate team. As such, she says the WICB sees no need to be drawn on speculation at the moment as no decision will be made before such a meeting.

The West Indies Test team is currently ranked eigth of ten teams in the world as at February 13, while, as of February 22, its One-Day International side is ninth of twelve ranked teams in that format. The West Indies Twenty20 team is fourth of 17.