Gonsalves, CARICOM hopeful after ICC meeting
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
A productive recent meeting with the International Cricket Council’s chief executive, Dave Richardson, has left chairman of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) subcommittee on cricket, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, hopeful that Cricket West Indies (CWI) governance reform can be pushed through in the near future.
Gonsalves met with Richardson on the sidelines of the recent ICC board meeting in Dubai, laying out CARICOM’s concerns about the current CWI structure and also articulating the restructuring process that needed to be undertaken.
“The ICC appreciated that I came to talk to them,” the veteran St Vincent and the Grenadines leader said.
“They agree also that you can’t have a board being in a hostile relationship with governments or several of the governments. That doesn’t make any sense, and that is not good for cricket generally.
“He (Richardson) was appreciative of what we are trying to do and appreciative of the fact that we are not going to undermine the ICC statutes about the independence of management from any political direction or control,” he continued.
The Dave Cameron-led CWI has had a strained relationship with CARICOM in recent years, as it has stoutly resisted the regional nation grouping’s recommendations to undergo governance reform.
A CARICOM-commissioned Governance Review Report in 2014 criticised CWI for having an “obsolete governance framework” that did not “prioritise accountability and transparency” and recommended “immediate dissolution” of the board.
In pushing back on CARICOM’s intervention, CWI has argued that as a private entity, governments did not have the right to determine its operations.
However, CARICOM has maintained that cricket in the Caribbean constituted a “public good” and, as such, oversight and accountability were required – a point Gonsalves said he made clear to the ICC.
“I … outlined to him our position, that is to say that, cricket is a public good and it ought properly to be regulated and ought not to be operated by a private-sector entity,” Gonsalves continued.