16th November 2015
Overthrows – backing up strong returns
I’ve been delighted by the response I’ve received, both supportive and critical, of the recent podcast I recorded with Dr Andrew Forde about the report submitted by Caricom’s Cricket Governance Review Panel into the state of West Indies cricket, and its recommendation for the immediate dissolution of the WICB.
You can still listen to that extra edition of ‘The Willow in the WIndies’ here.
I’ve had a number of emails on the subject, and have sought the permission of my correspondents to share publicly their feedback, where possible, within the forum of this blog.
One such expert opinion I’ve received came from Dr Rudi Webster, and he has consented for me to publish his observations.
In the podcast I stated my own personal reservations about the probity and neutrality of the panel, and the political personalities behind its inception and chairing – especially with regard to the previous enmity between the Board and some senior Caribbean politicians.
In particular, I was reflecting back upon the perceived reneging on the understanding reached within the Hyatt Hotel Accord – in which the WICB through President Dave Cameron was reported to have guaranteed Prime Ministers Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent & the Grenadines a position of ‘no victimisation’ towards the players (especially captain Dwayne Bravo and team-mate Kieron Pollard) believed to be the ring-leaders of the West Indies ODI team’s withdrawal of labour from the tour of India in October last year.
This agreement was apparently overturned when both players were omitted by the WI selectors from WIndies’ squad for the 2015 World Cup in Australasia, ostensibly for reasons of poor form – although this reasoning did not really bear close scrutiny.
Understandably, both Prime Ministers were angered at this about-turn-of events. I would not have been surprised therefore if there lingered within them some grounds for animosity towards Dave Cameron and the Board.
Dr Webster has refuted this, and indicated they are bigger and better than that, and do not fall easy prey to the sort of petty squabbles and vindictiveness which might beset lesser men. I am happy to be put right by Rudi.
You can read our correspondence below: Continue reading