Clique has hijacked Windies cricket - Rowley
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has accused a small leadership clique of "hijacking" West Indies cricket and argues that unless fundamental changes are made in the area of governance, the region will continue to languish behind the rest of the cricketing world.
The outspoken regional leader, who in the past has been critical of the West Indies Cricket Board's management of the sport, said the issue of ownership also remained a critical issue in the resolution of the crisis facing the game in the Caribbean.
"Caribbean cricket has been hijacked by a small clique of people who are hell-bent on destroying Caribbean cricket, and my position [is], unless the question is answered as to who owns that asset, we're spinning top in mud," Rowley told CNC 3's morning television show.
"In Pakistan and in Australia, that question has been answered, and new arrangements were put in place and they rebuilt their team under new arrangements.
"We're being told in the West Indies - and I was told to my face along with my colleague the Prime Minister of Grenada (Dr Keith Mitchell) that you (CARICOM) have no say in this. This is West Indies Cricket Inc, and it is their shareholders they have to please."
He added: "I don't know who the shareholders are, but what I do know is that unless there are drastic changes to the current arrangements, West Indies cricket will never get back where we expect it to be."
West Indies cricket has been in the doldrums for nearly two decades now, plagued by poor results on the field and player tensions with the WICB, and occasional player strikes.