Joint statement by CARICOM and WICB

Sat, Apr 25, '15


WICB Under Scrutiny

CARICOM and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have agreed to establish a panel to conduct a review of the governance structure of the Board.

This was the key outcome of a near five-hour long meeting between the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee and the Directors and Management of the WICB. The Chairman of CARICOM, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas and CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, also attended the meeting which took place last Monday, April 20, at the Spice Island Beach Resort.

President of the WICB Mr. Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron led the Board’s team which included the Vice President, Directors, as well as the Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Secretary.

The Cricket Governance Committee, which initiated the meeting, was established by the Heads of Government to review the administrative and governance structure of WICB with a view to involving greater stakeholder participation. It comprises the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell as Chairman, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Gaston Brown and the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves.

It was agreed that the Prime Minister of Grenada, as Chairman of the Cricket Governance Committee, will consult with the President of the WICB on the composition of the five-member panel.

The CARICOM Secretary General will prepare the Terms of Reference for the work of the panel and submit them to Prime Minister Mitchell who will also consult with the President of the WICB on the matter.

The Cricket Governance Committee and the WICB have also agreed that the panel will submit its recommendations within three months of the commencement of its evaluation. Upon receipt of the report, both sides are intent on collaborating with each other with a view to reversing the current negative trends in the sport and its governance.

The panel will comprise a member of the legal profession, a West Indies cricket legend, someone from academia, a member of the private sector and an individual with intimate knowledge of the work of the WICB.

Both parties expressed satisfaction at the outcome. “I think the meeting was very productive and very positive. We have agreed on a way forward. I think we have a shared vision and all of us want to see West Indies perform at the highest standard. We are committed to making this happen,” said Mr. Cameron.

In brief remarks after the meeting, Prime Minister Mitchell said, “We were able to meet with the Directors of the WICB to express the view of the necessity for change and I think we have reached a conclusion in that respect…which will chart the way forward. We will be working together with the WICB and all concerned to move West Indies cricket forward.”

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Narine to undergo test in Chennai again

Sat, Apr 25, '15


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Kolkata Knight Riders have decided to send Sunil Narine for another test of his bowling action after match officials expressed “concerns” over “fair amount” of deliveries the offspinner bowled in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday in Visakhapatnam. If Narine is called a second time, he will be out of the IPL and hence the franchise wants to play it safe and not risk playing him in the upcoming matches without the test.
It is understood that the franchise is trying hard to get an appointment at the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Science Centre in Chennai, an ICC accredited testing centre.
Narine will travel with former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram, who is Knight Riders’ bowling consultant, and team analyst AR Srikkanth.
This will be the second time Narine will be travelling to Chennai this month having already received a clearance from the BCCI’s sub-committee on suspect action days before the IPL started. The panel, comprising former India captain S Venkataraghavan, former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath and former international umpire AV Jayaprakash, had no issues with Narine’s remodelled action and gave him a clean chit.

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Kraigg Brathwaite makes ton for hosts

Fri, Apr 24, '15


Windies v England

England were frustrated by Kraigg Brathwaite's composed century as West Indies had the better of the fourth day of the second Test in Grenada.
His 101 not out took the home side to 202-2, a lead of 37.
Earlier, England moved their overnight 373-6 to 464 all out, with Joe Root ending unbeaten on 182.
On a pitch that remains lifeless, a draw seems the most likely result, lengthening England's wait for a first overseas win since 2012.
A young man's game
At 24 years and 115 days, Joe Root is the second youngest Englishman to reach 2,000 Test runs, after Alastair Cook, who was 23 and 79 days.
Kraigg Brathwaite, at 22 years and 144 days, is the third youngest West Indian to reach four Test centuries, after George Headley and Gary Sobers.

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Sunil Narine's Action Reported Again

Fri, Apr 24, '15


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New Delhi: Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders' spinner Sunil Narine has been reported yet again for a suspect bowling action for their April 22 match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam.

Narine was reported for suspect illegal action by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Vineet Kulkarni.
"A suspected illegal bowling action report has been filed by the match officials on certain deliveries bowled by Sunil Narine," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement Friday.

West Indian Narine though is eligible to continue bowling in the IPL.

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Matters Cricket: Shrivnarine Chanderpaul, and my twitching sons

Fri, Apr 24, '15



A pleasant Test-match Friday to you all.

Two days ago, one Mr. Roger Sawh - a law student in Canada, paid tribute to his country-man - veteran West Indies middle-order batsman, Mr. Shrivnarine Chanderpaul. That tribute, kindled some fond memories of my own.

"Do not go," I advised my two sons, during the third nPower Test match at Old Trafford back in June 2007. Shrivnarine Chanderpaul was twitching more than usual, before close of play the evening, just like how one Gordon Greenidge, would begin to limp. Both idiosyncrasies, are never good omens, for opposing bowlers. But, my two sons too, were twitching as well - to go down to London. And, they did. Duly, 'the crab' completed yet another Test hundred, the following morning. And on their return, my two disobedient sons, were raked over the coals.

These days, the tide beneath the little left-hander, is beginning to ebb. And the Selector-in-Chief - his fellow country-man, might now want to send him a pontoon. Not throw him overboard. Because, the little man has served West Indies cricket well. He now deserves asylum. But he, like many of us, doesn't have eyes in the back of his head. And so, he's oblivious to the stage manager's beckoning - "come-come-come."   
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