CARICOM busy laying groundwork for restructuring WI cricket
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):
CARICOM is pressing ahead with plans to ensure the restructuring of the governance of West Indies cricket, undeterred by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) request to have Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron present at any meeting between the two bodies.
In fact, chairman of CARICOM's cricket subcommittee, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, said the proposed meeting with the ICC was intended to be an open discussion and he expected that CWI would have a presence.
Cricket's world governing body told CARICOM last week it was prepared to meet but would only do so with Cameron present, since "Cricket West Indies is our member."
"I have no problem with that because what we have to say to the ICC and what we have to discuss with them, we'll discuss it openly," Gonsalves told WE FM Radio here.
"There's no problem with that, I'd expect them (CWI) to be there."
That meeting, requested by CARICOM to convey the "desperate urgency" of the need to have West Indies cricket governance restructured, will not take place as hoped on the sidelines of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in London later this month, because of a scheduling conflict.
However, Gonsalves said the rescheduling of the ICC meeting would not prevent CARICOM from continuing to lay the groundwork for the implementation of a new governance structure.
At last February's two-day Intersessional in Haiti, CARICOM leaders strengthened their position on the proposed governance overhaul, affirming legal advice which validated their concerns over CWI's right to manage the "public good" of West Indies cricket.
According to CARICOM, "a legislative approach" was required if West Indies cricket was to be turned around, and best practices of governance achieved.
Cameron has since argued that CWI leadership must be "selected free of interference from governments."