Full name Kenneth Gordon
Born February 24, 1930, Trinidad & Tobago
Current age 85 years 89 days
Ken Gordon enjoyed a long and distinguished career in business, during which time he was chairman of a major Caribbean conglomerate, Neal and Massy Holdings, and had considerable interests in the media, serving as managing director of the Trinidad Express and CEO and chairman of Caribbean Communications Network (CCN). He had also been instrumental in the establishment of a number of regional media houses including in Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados. He also served as a senator in the parliament and as a government minister in Trinidad & Tobago.
His election as president of the WICB in August 2005 came at a time the board's fortunes were at a low ebb. Player strikes and controversy surrounding the Digicel deal, allied to crippling debts, left Caribbean cricket in a mess. While Gordon has the business experience to turn things round, his lack of cricketing pedigree was a worry in a region where inter-island rivalries often count every bit as much as common sense.
But hopes he would bring common sense to proceedings did not last long, and before long he was getting backs up and he found himself increasingly at odds with players and other board members and there were few tears shed when he stood down in July 2007. He left the WICB in a better financial state than he found it, almost entirely because of revenue from the World Cup, but far more divided and criticised.
Cricinfo staff July 2007
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