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Trinidad and Tobago PM calls for unity in WI cricket

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June 11, 2010

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Players' association chief Dinanath Ramnarine shakes hands with board president Julian Hunte, Guyana, July 21, 2009
The WICB-WIPA feud reached its peak during the Bangladesh Test series last year © AFP
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Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, has asked the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) to end their ongoing feud for the betterment of cricket in the region. She also called for the implementation of the PJ Patterson report, which, authored by the former Jamaican Prime Minister, had recommended changes to the governance of West Indies cricket.

"I am calling on the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to improve their relationship in order to return cricket to its glory days. Both parties must have mutual trust, respect and full disclosure in order to achieve better relations," Persad-Bissessar said in Port of Spain. "Blame is the comfort of the weak. Change is the name of a warrior, so we must be willing to make that change that would make a difference and not keep blaming each other."

The WIPA and the WICB have been at loggerheads over the issue of player contracts as well as the running of West Indies cricket. Their stand-off reached its peak when several senior West Indies players boycotted the Test series against Bangladesh at home in 2009, and missed the entire tour. A second-string team was chosen to play the series, eventually resulting in a series defeat in both the Tests and ODIs.

"The game of cricket means so much to us, it defines us, it unites us and it gives us a sense of belonging. Caricom [The Caribbean Community] cannot produce anything that can resonate as cricket does in the region," Persad-Bissessar added.

In 2009, the PJ Patterson report had proposed the formation of a reconstituted body, West Indies cricket, consisting of a council and a board. The council, comprising 23 members - drawn from a wide cross-section of stakeholders - would meet once a year "to review all aspects of the game and its management". The new board, to run the day-to-day affairs, would number 13 under a president, vice-president and chief executive, to be appointed by the council. However, there was no headway made. "The WICB should table the PJ Patterson report for discussion and see what can be implemented from it, instead of leaving it sealed," Persad-Bissessar said.

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Posted by slaton on (June 15, 2010, 9:00 GMT)

The West Indies Cricket board like all institutions in the West indies is archaic and inept. they have contributed nothing to the success of cricket apart from existing and everything to the decline by not realising that they have any role but to do nothing

Posted by   on (June 14, 2010, 21:06 GMT)

Congrats the PM;I would like to see a compressed version of the P.J.Patterson proposal.The WICBC is not awashed with money;therefore, we need to tighten our belts and save every penny can.Therefore,I propose a cricket council of six members,one from each of the cricketbleing teritories to be totally in charge of all facets of cricket;managing,governing,marketing and be responsible for rules and regulations.As P.J.proposed,they meet once a year for a week ,to make proposals for the coming year.The cricket council would then appoint a board,consisting of a chairman ,a CEO,secretary and an assistant chairman.The board would then appoint three selectors on a two yearly basis .Simple,Superb.Adopt it WICBC.

Posted by KDoc on (June 14, 2010, 17:13 GMT)

I have lived thru the Glory days and the Losing these days of WI cricket. I can remember WI cricket flourishing with good relations with the WIPA. This all changed when Dinanath Ramnarine took the reins of the WIPA. He was NEVER a batsman, and a poor spinner; I guess being dropped broke his heart, and the only way to get back at the WICB is to do what he is doing..stop progress of WI cricket, in the name of WI cricketers representation. I urge the Honorable TT PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar, to encourage Dinanath Ramnarine to resign!

Dinanath Ramnarine has to be replaced before progress can be achieved between the WICB and WIPA. (N.B General Motors makes substandard cars, because their workers are highly represented by the Auto Unions..who demand pay versus quality)

Posted by storeboy on (June 14, 2010, 1:32 GMT)

The attitude of the board to the Patterson report confirms that the WICB is not as interested in the success of West Indies cricket, as it is interested in maintaining their individual positions. It is all about personal status and not about the game!

Posted by sajjodaalman on (June 13, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

nice! im so happy miss kamla won our elections last month, and now she trying to improve the cricket .. keep it up!

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