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Issue 162 • Friday, October 31, 2014
Old people say: Don't cut off your nose to spite
your face. Ole people know real ting eh, and most
of the ones I know first hand---all have their origi-
It's no secret that West Indies cricket is in crisis.
It has been for several years, if not a couple
decades now. I myself date the start of the slide to
Richie Richardson's unfortunate post-match com-
ments after losing to Australia. Despite the humili-
ation of the historic series defeat, Richardson
labelled Mark Taylor's unrelenting Aussies---un-
changed throughout the four Tests---"...the weak-
est Australian side I have played". This was mere
minutes after surrendering the Frank Worrell Tro-
phy that the West Indies had held for eight con-
secutive series and 18 years.
The slide since then has been dramatic, to say
the least, and many a reputation that could have
been, or should have, was simply frustrated under
a barrage of beatings from everyone in the world
But beating after beating, the men in maroon
caps stood and take their share of licks, vups and
beamers. Until now.
In an unprecedented move, the West Indies
cricket team has abandoned its tour of India with
three Test matches and a ODI and T20 fixture yet
to be completed.
It is the first time in the history of cricket, ac-
cording to ESPN CricInfo, that a series has been
abandoned for anything short of war, terrorism or
encroaching political violence. We, as the old peo-
ple say, must be in everything.
But why though? Why did the lads leave the
wicket undone? Money?
It's not so simple.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has re-
cently revamped the way profits are shared
among the members and the so-called Big Three:
of England, India and Australia, and the other
Test-playing nations. (Of which there are ten in all,
but the West Indies represents not one nation, but
20 island states, spread out over a span of sea as
wide as the widest part of the African continent.)
For some reason or the other, the West Indies
representatives at that ICC revamp made conces-
sions to the Big Three and essentially settled for a
smaller share of the pie. Without blinking an eye,
the ICC then turns and signs a huge TV deal to
cover the period between 2015 and 2023. While
the value of the bid was not disclosed the ICC said
"it is significantly in excess of the ICC's previous
Cricket is billion-dollar business. It's only here
that we scrape and suffer for crumbs and crappy
marketing partnerships and under-valued con-
tracts. It's a problem not exclusive to cricket, and
endemic to sports in the region. But that aside...
As we speak, the Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI) is preparing a suit against the WICB
for the approximately US$65 million it claims it
should have made in the remainder of the tour.
That's a whole lot of cheese and in the murky ac-
counting of tour revenue splits, its not certain ex-
actly how much of that would have gone to the
visitors. But what is quite certain is that the play-
ers were cut out from the pie by the new deal
signed with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA)
acting on their behalf.
Under the new deal the players stand to make
US$683,581 less than they would have under the
deal that had expired before the India tour. For a
player who has only a few, short years at the peak
of his fitness, with the constant threat of injury
and substitution hanging in the back of their
minds, that's a lot of money to walk away from.
While we cannot applaud this move by the play-
ers to strike, can we really blame them for saying
no to the WICB? Who's working for whom here?
Is the administration working for the good of the
players---the top team as well as all the other de-
veloping programmes that will produce the men
(and women) who wear the maroon? Or are the
players working for these businessmen and politi-
cians who govern the regional game with their
whimsy and emotional decisions taking prece-
dence over good business sense?
Change is never easy, but the chump change on
offer are just crumbs from the table. And if the
WICB cannot make the pie bigger, then, the same
way that underperforming players get rotated out
the team, they should give the job to someone
This is a response by Jomo Carter to the recent scandal
involving T&T Olympian Ato Boldon and Australian senator,
Nova Peris, herself a former Olympian...
What do state funds have to do with anything?
So they mixed business with pleasure. The article states
''A spokesman confirmed Ms Peris had personally selected
Mr Boldon for the "Jump Start to London" program and that
he "capably fulfilled his role as mentor and ambassador."
People engage in romantic/sexual trysts everyday in vir-
tually every work environment in the world.
Olympic villages are full of the greatest human specimens
in the best shape of their lives and are (literally!) hotbeds of
sex and romantic encounters.
Consider the recent "Fappening" thing where celebrities'
phones were hacked and their pictures and messages were
published online. In a world of WhatApp and iMessage and
Viber and Skype many of us have more than enough sala-
cious material to go around...these technologies offer a free-
dom to communicate, court, flirt in innumerable ways.
Doesn't give anyone the right to publish it or expose it to
sell papers or to make people (even public figures out to be
The money was not stolen. It paid for all that it was in-
They were attracted to each other and had an opportu-
nity to work together (she an aussie Olympic gold medallist
and he a star of Sydney 2000) and in so doing inspired a
generation of aboriginal kids to aspire for greatness in one
of the world's most racially unequal countries. The money
wasn't spent on cocaine nor did they steal it. So they also
fucked...it happens...big deal...get on with your own unre-
markable lives and grow up!
Or is that we're speaking of moral turpitude here?!
Sorry. Well in that case let's all collectively hope that they
burn in hell then!!
• Read the original story here: ow.ly/DuFim
• And Ato's and Peris' responses here: ow.ly/DuFpK
WICB president Dave Cameron, left, and WIPA president Wavell Hinds are key players
in the ongoing crisis in West Indies cricket. WICB Media Photo
Former world 200m sprint champs Ato Boldon and Olympic champ and now senator Nova Peris hosting an Athletics
clinic for kids together in 2010. Photo: News Corp
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