WICB turns 'allegations of wrongdoing' over to lawyer
ST JOHN'S (CMC):
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday said it was contemplating legal action in the face of what it considered to be allegations from former board officials of "wrongdoing and misappropriation of WICB funds by present members".
Referring to calls for a forensic audit of the WICB's finances in a media report carried last week by noted cricket website, ESPNCricinfo, the board said these were "without any basis in fact" and "completely false and seriously damaging" to the board's members and auditors.
Further, the WICB slammed the calls by former officials as an "emotional reaction" to its decision to snub the recent CARICOM Governance Report, which had recommended the immediate dissolution of the board.
"The WICB notes that these allegations appear triggered not by fact or evidence, but an emotional reaction to the WICB's response to the CARICOM sub- committee's report and other matters. These officials have completely ignored the written responses of the WICB," the board said in a strongly worded release. "The Board has been advised that in a number of instances, the call for a forensic audit carries the suggestion of wrongdoing and misappropriation of WICB funds by present members of the WICB.
"Additionally, it suggests the auditors are either incompetent or complicit. These allegations are completely false and seriously damaging to the reputation of the WICB, its members, and auditors."
The release continued: "The WICB has therefore decided that these are serious allegations and has referred the matter to Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan of Dominica for his advice and recommendations."
In the ESPNCricinfo article, former WICB president Ken Gordon was quoted as saying that a forensic audit of the board was needed in order to "lift the clouded veil which now surrounds that body".