Implement Patterson Report reform - Beckles

April 07, 2016
Sir Hilary Beckles

BRIDGETOWN, CMC:

Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has urged the West Indies Cricket Board to implement the most crucial reform aspect of the Patterson Report.

Telling the WICB president Dave Cameron that reform was the "duty of his generation", Sir Hilary pointed to Carlos Brathwaite's heroics of four sixes off the first four balls of the final over in the men's final which fired West Indies to victory over England, and stressed it was now left to the regional governing body to complete the process.

"All that is now required is for the WICB, president and directors, to complete the over," Sir Hilary said in a letter to media.

"There are two balls left to face, one is to accept the governance reform that calls for the Council of Stakeholders as set out in the Patterson Report, and the other is to recognise that by accepting the governance interdependence of cricket and society is not to lose autonomy.

"The players have done their job on the field. It is now for the president, whose heart resides in cricket as much as any one of us, to do his and lead his board boldly into the rest of the decade with public support and popular legitimacy."

The Patterson Report, commissioned by the WICB and authored by former Jamaica prime minister P.J. Patterson, was produced in 2007 but its main recommendations have been ignored by the WICB.

Among these proposals was the implementation of a Council of Stakeholders, comprising 23 members.

This council would appoint the president, vice-president and the executive directors.

Sir Hilary, a former WICB director, warned that failure to make these bold decisions could see West Indies cricket destroyed by "internal conflict and acrimony."

"Without this reform West Indies runs the risk of being razed to the ground by internal conflict and acrimony," he pointed out.

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