Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 26th 2014 Contents long lasting. This is just warming up!
India might still sue for nearly US$70
million initially, but this pull-out is going
to have more far reaching pain financially,
as India has already suspended bilateral
series with WI, and will, for now, prob-
ably not tour the Caribbean in 2016, a
tour much anticipated and absolutely
needed, financially speaking.
Future of WI players
Incidentally, what about the futures
of WI players who play in Indian Premier
League, and futures of such unheralded
emerging WI players as Guyanese Leon
Johnson and Barbadian Jason Holder in
Time is short to India s Caribbean
tour next Olympic year. Action must be
immediate, if not sooner!
While this suggested "Task Force"
deserves the best and coolest thinking
heads, there are very few non-insular
persons without personal or professional
agendas, vendettas even, left in the
Caribbean who could command such
respect and have anyone listen to them.
Sir Shridath is one of those very few!
Former Jamaican Prime Minister Per-
cival J Patterson is another who not only
commands similar respect, but actually
wrote much about ways forward for WI
cricket and how it should really be run.
Joining them should be present
Grenadian PM, Dr Keith Mitchell, one
of the more progressive leaders in the
Caribbean, and who, without the usual
inane lip service, cares deeply about WI
cricket s well-being.
With those shakers, combine other
independent moving cricketing inputs,
to sort out this bind---Michael Holding,
Sir Vivian Richards, yours truly even---
people who are always honest about WI
Chairman Clive Lloyd and his selec-
tors, WI Players Association President
Wavell Hinds, all of WICB, present WI
captains Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy
and Denesh Ramdin, are all much too
close to this burgeoning overload to be
as objective as required, with tensions
and passions running so very high.
It will not be easy. There is much
darkness here; no pun intended. Hence,
those with no axes to grind must be
summoned to bring necessary illumi-
World cricket needs WI much, but
WI cricket has to heal itself first before
trying to export that hopeful belief and
attitude that this will never happen
Sir Clyde Walcott was first to mention;
1970; when I first played for Guyana s
Under-19 s, that "the game is always
bigger than the man!"
True! Our magnificent game has sur-
vived many past severe negative episodes
of undermining external and internal
stimuli. Certainly, though, it will never
be the same again after this so far unique
Normally positive and helpful Cricket
South Africa must be pondering if they
could take chances on WI s scheduled
tour in December and January, CSA not
being sure if similar situations could not
put its extensive, expensive plans for
that useful full tour into similar chaos
CSA could not officially cancel that
tour, but they must be getting incessant
migraines now. Meanwhile, ICC is hov-
ering, waiting, contemplating. Drastic
follow-ups are still very possible! Enjoy!
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The combined diplomatic skills
of USA Secretaries of State John
Kerry, General Colin Powell, Mrs.
Hillary Clinton, Dr Henry
Kissinger, and former Common-
wealth Secretary General and For-
eign Minister of Guyana, Sir Shri-
dath (Sonny) Ramphal are needed
for this ultra-difficult West Indies
cricket salvage job!
West Indies Cricket Board s
emergency meeting was absolutely
necessary, but that should have
been done previously, with only
West Indies Players Association and
West Indies senior players present.
This debilitating virulence has
brought WI cricket to a new nadir!
WICB s statement afterwards
was impressive, but the obvious
problem here is that incumbents
who got us into this morass in the
first place are the same ones now
trying to get us out of it.
That never works! Dialogue
should have been entertained ages
ago, while the team was still in
India, but in total privacy.
So all is now out in the open,
with India s Board of Control for
Cricket in India blaming WICB and
WI players for this, so whatever
WICB does from here is still too
late, even if hopes are high that
good may still come from it.
But independent, cool thoughts
and minds are needed from here
Independence needed to starts
the repair job
Do you remember Warner Broth-
ers Looney Tunes cartoon, depict-
ing Bugs Bunny trying to outsmart
arrogant and aggressive Yosimite
Sam, with Bugs "daring" Sam, sev-
eral times, to cross a continuingly
re-positioned line in the sand, until
Sam crossed that final mark, falling
over a deep, damaging precipice?
Who was Bugs and who was
Sam in this newest fracas between
WICB, WIPA and WI players is
open to conjecture, but WI s pull-
out from India was certainly one
step too far, one that hurts all
Those USA Sec-States might
have pressing, life-endangering,
national and international assign-
ments, but Sir Sonny should be
called in, pronto, with his affinity
and familiarity of similar situations,
from 2009, to again try to sort out
this deadly impasse in WI cricket.
Bullying has occurred here too,
but India was not at fault here.
They hosted well.
With the ODI series proceeding
enticingly; 2-1, Tests to come; many
have been greatly deprived of a
potentially ultra-entertaining cricket
series. Despite WICB s endeavors,
ramifications may still be great and
Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Pat-
terson has described West Indies
walk-out of the India tour as
"humiliation" and says it has
exposed "a total collapse of a gov-
ernance system" in the adminis-
tration of the game by the West
Indies Cricket Board.
Patterson was reacting to the
decision of the Windies one-day
team to abort their tour of India
over a contracts and pay dispute
with the West Indies Players Asso-
However, Patterson said much
of the blame resided with the
WICB as it had failed to engage
the reform needed to streamline
its governance of the game
"It reflects a total collapse of a
governance system and that has
contributed to my hurt because
when I was asked to look at the
structure of governance of West
Indies cricket, we made some far
reaching recommendations," Pat-
terson told TVJ Sports.
"And had they been implement-
ed they would have been spared
much of the hurt and agony which
we are now experiencing because
the management for the way for-
ward, required them and even
more so, a skill set that begins with
the Board, the constituent elements
and must of course the players
Patterson was one of three emi-
nent persons---including Sir Alister
McIntyre and Dr Ian McDonald---
commissioned by the WICB to
examine the structure of West
Among the 65 recommendations
in the 138-page report delivered
seven years ago, was a restructuring
of the Board to reflect a reduction
in the number of directors and a
widening of stakeholder involve-
ment. This is yet to be implement-
ed.Patterson said the situation in
India had been upsetting.
"I regard what has happened in
India as an act of final humiliation,
not only for West Indies cricket
but a betrayal of the West Indies
cricket and it has left me with a
deep feeling of hurt and anger,"
With Grenada s Prime Minister
Dr Keith Mitchell offering to inter-
vene in the impasse, Patterson said
he hoped all the relevant parties
would take on board this propo-
"I hope they will avail them-
selves of what he has to offer. I
also note that a task force has been
established to investigate what
went wrong and I would rather
await the report of that task force
before engaging in any further
COLIN EH CROFT
Epic diplomatic skills needed
for West Indies cricket now
Windies players on tour in India.
Patterson says Windies walk-out
a collapse of Windies governance
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