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With a huge bill facing the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB) due
to the aborted tour of India,
Caribbean citizens are worried
that their leaders would dip into
their taxpayers fund to bail out
the regional body.
Initially the Prime Minister of
St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr
Ralph Gonzalves said he would
look to seek Caricom s help with
the problems facing the WICB but
quickly indicated that he was not
going to ask the governments of
the region to foot the bill.
In between his call and expla-
nation citizens started to make
noise from Woodford Square in
Port-of-Spain, across to Oistins
Fish Market in Barbados right
down to Stabroek Market in
Georgetown. With their nerves
now calm because of the fact that
no one has continued to push the
idea of a government bailout, they
are still concerned of the fact that
the board has this bill facing them.
Sometimes good comes out of
a bad situation and I am thinking
that the Board should go public---
sell shares and allow people to
invest. The money accrued from
this can go towards assisting with
settling the bill and more impor-
tantly it makes the WICB account-
able to the investors.
Many years ago Brian Lara had
made mention of this and used
the Green Bay Packers as an exam-
ple but the idea fell on deaf ears.
Time and time again you hear peo-
ple criticising the board and saying
that they are doing what they
want. Well I hold no brief for any-
one but would like to add that the
guys at the board have been trying
their best to serve the game. What
you do in a situation like having
investors is holding these guys
accountable for their actions. It
would mean that they now become
paid employees of the board
instead of volunteering their serv-
ices and this would ensure that
they give top value.
I am not suggesting that the
directors of the board are money
hungry men. What I am saying is
that we all have to live and while
these guys carry about their day
to day work in order to survive
financially, they have to find time
in between to serve West Indies
What you do now is to pay them
well and allow them to focus on
the job of taking West Indies crick-
et forward. Right now you have
people on the different committees
that are volunteering their services
and sometimes we look to criticise
them for untimely delivery.
Personally I think that the mar-
keting committee of the WICB can
do a lot more. We have the Nagico
Super50 series starting here in two
weeks time and they seem to be
depending on the media to project
the series. We are not seeing adver-
WICB should go public
tisements about the place, so that an
awareness of the tournament is
I remember last year visiting
Dharamshala for the fourth and what
was to be final ODI of the ill-fated West
Indies versus India series. This was just
a simple limited overs match during a
bi-lateral series and I was amazed at
the degree of advertising that was taking
place. There were huge billboards all
over the place, advertisements on the
television and even flyers at the various
We keep on looking at the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and
saying that they are well off and they
control cricket. I took the opportunity
to observe close at hand their dealings
when it comes to cricket administration
and let me tell you, we will do well to
When you visit India to look at, or
in my case cover cricket, you are greeted
with professionalism. In a press box of
over 100 journalists, everyone is taken
care of, there is a structure in place to
do things and do it properly yet we in
the region fall down when we have even
three journalists in the press box.
We continue to make the call for
professionalism from our players but
are our administrators carrying our
their duties professionally? Trust me,
if we decide to go the way having men
financially invest in the WICB, not as
sponsors but as owners, professionalism
is sure to become the order of the day.
Our cricket has hit rock bottom at
the moment and the only way we can
go is up. Hard tough decisions need to
be taken and probably we have gotten
to this state in order to make the right
changes in our cricket to once again
command the respect of the cricketing
As it is right now we are the laughing
stock on and off the field and as one
of my journalist friend from Dhaka
recently told me, Bangladesh will soon
pass us on the pecking order because
they are starting to handle their cricket
like big business.
Men at the helm: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave
Cameron (left) and CEO Michael Muirhead.
While the sun was setting in
the sky at the MCG, the shining
star of the Indian cricket, Mahen-
dra Singh Dhoni, the captain cool
called it a day from Test cricket.
It marked the end of a glittering
era, never witnessed in Indian
cricket before. His epic achieve-
ments will be written in the letters
of gold. No Indian cricketer, dead
or alive has ever reached that pin-
nacle of glory.
Moment the news started trick-
ling of his retirement, the praise
from various quarters started pour-
ing in. The batting legend, Sachin
Tendulkar tweeted, "Well done on
a wonderful career in test cricket.
Always enjoyed playing together.
Next target 2015 WC my friend."
Commentator, Harsha Bhogle
wrote, "MS Dhoni showed India
what a tough man from a small
town could dream and achieve. He
has been a role model." His buddy
Suresh Raina aptly said, "Valiant in
saddle. Valiant in your departure."
Michael Vaughan, ex England skip-
per said glowingly about him, "It s
the end of an era in Indian Test
cricket history, ...Love the way MS
Dhoni plays the game. Ricky
Ponting, former Aussie captain
described Dhoni as "a great com-
petitor, and someone who I think
Indian cricket owes a lot to."
Dhoni s rise has been meteoric
in international cricket. Coming
from a humble background, cricket
was his last priority. His initial bap-
tism in sports was in badminton,
football (as a goal-keeper), hockey
and table tennis.
Cricket was thrust on him when
he was a student of Class VIII by
his sports teacher. The football s
loss became cricket s gain. He had
to don the gloves when regular
keeper was not available. It was a
heavenly sent opportunity.
The wicket-keeping took him to
those dazzling heights he himself
would have never imagined. He is
a natural cricketer who takes things
in stride as they come. He leads
from the front and his own com-
mitment and zeal inspires his team
when the going is tough.
His entry in the Indian Test team
was a paradigm shift in the Indian
cricket. It opened the doors for the
aspiring cricketers rising from
obscurity to become national heroes.
The Indian cricket had crossed the
boundaries of metropolitan cities
to reach the far-flung areas of the
countryside. It paid rich dividends
to Indian cricket in long run.
Dhoni s coming into the Indian
team was a blessing in disguise.
The team badly needed a wicket-
keeper batsman. He was a step
ahead; a batsman who attacked like
a tiger and tore the opposing attack
to pieces. He provided the much-
needed stability to the fragile Indian
In fact, in his earlier days he fash-
ioned many Indian victories when
chips were down for his side. With
the responsibility of captaincy on
his shoulders, he adjusted his game
to suit the requirement of the team.
He is a man with the Midas touch.
He passed his first acid Test with
distinction by leading the inexpe-
rienced Indians to the new format
of (Twenty20) World Championship
in South Africa in 2007. The 2011
World Cup Championship was icing
on the cake.
Under his inspiring leadership
India was top ranked team in
December 2009 for 18 months.
Football's loss was cricket's
gain in Dhoni's case
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