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CWI establishes ‘Wehby Report’ timelines

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2020 | 12:11 AM
Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Ricky Skerritt (right) shares a light moment with Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven (left), Jamaica Cricket Association president, and Don Wehby, Group CEO of GraceKennedy and chairman of CWI’s Corporate Governance Committee,
Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Ricky Skerritt (right) shares a light moment with Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven (left), Jamaica Cricket Association president, and Don Wehby, Group CEO of GraceKennedy and chairman of CWI’s Corporate Governance Committee, after a high-level meeting at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

The timelines for consultation and implementation of the recommendations of the ‘Wehby Report’ have been established by Cricket West Indies (CWI).

The proposed way forward was approved by the CWI Board of Directors following a presentation by President Ricky Skerritt of a board paper entitled “Governance Reform Report – Next Steps”.

The paper called for the CWI Board of Directors, territorial boards, and their members, and all stakeholders, to do all that is possible to stimulate, encourage, and facilitate the reading, discussion, and consultation of the report, which was widely distributed on August 17, 2020.

According to Skerritt, Senator Don Wehby has offered to make himself and other task Force members available to provide explanations and facilitate constructive discussion on the report’s findings if needed.

The paper encourages all stakeholders to engage in any consultation they deem necessary to help pave the path forward towards implementation.

FIRST DEADLINE

According to the board paper, the first deadline is for the report reading and consultation process to be completed by Friday, October 16 2020. But that would depend on the ability of Territorial Boards to effectively consult with their membership under the COVID-19 protocol group gathering limitations. During the same period, CWI will be seeking advice on legal processes and actions that would be required to implement the recommendations of the report.

The board paper also calls for final feedback from CWI Board members and territorial boards to be documented and submitted to CWI by the middle of November.

Any resulting suggestions and decision-making, including actual resolutions for change of articles, should be completed by November 26 and put before an extraordinary general meeting, which CWI hopes can take place face-to-face by the middle of December 2020.

“There will be COVID19-related timing challenges, and likely political headwinds ahead, but I assure all stakeholders and lovers of West Indies Cricket that I will personally champion the important process of CWI governance reform, no matter how long it takes, now that CWI has received and distributed such a pragmatic and doable cricket-centric report from Senator Wehby and his team of highly qualified and experienced advisers. Hopefully, good sense will prevail, and CWI will show the world that we are serious about modernisation and improvement,” Skerritt said.