Gonsalves takes aim at CWI right to manage

July 08, 2017
St Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves



St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has again questioned the authority of Cricket West Indies to run the regional game, especially since the organisation has claimed to be a private entity.

Gonsalves, also a trained lawyer and the current chairman of CARICOM's sub-committee on cricket, said cricket constituted a "public good" and therefore called on CWI to explain where it derived the right to manage West Indies cricket "to the exclusion of everybody else."

"I think there's a legal case, not for the West Indies Cricket Board to be dissolved because it's a company and as a matter of law you're not going to dissolve the company - you're not a shareholder of the company," Gonsalves said during the ongoing CARICOM Heads of government summit here.


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"But the question is: cricket is a public good. Can a private entity run the public good and that question has been determined in another jurisdiction in India, so that's a separate question. I'm not interested in the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board."

He added: "All I am saying [is] how have you gotten the right as a private entity to run and manage a public good to the exclusion of everybody else. No, that can't be right so that's the fundamental question which I raise."

Regional Heads last year threw their support behind a CARICOM-commissioned Governance Review report which in part called for the "immediate dissolution" of the then WICB - recently renamed Cricket West Indies.

CWI has since resisted the recommendations of the report, in particular the call for dissolution, labelling it an "unnecessary and intrusive demand."

CWI has come under fire in recent years for its handling of West Indies cricket with the once powerful Test team now eighth in the rankings just ahead of minnows Bangladesh and the one-day team ninth in the world and unlikely to automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

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