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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 19, 2015
ROSEAU---Grenada s Prime Minister Dr
Keith Mitchell has bristled at the sugges-
tion by West Indies Cricket Board presi-
dent, Dave Cameron, that his board was
too busy to have an urgent meeting with
CARICOM leaders to discuss the recom-
mendations of the Governance Review
Speaking on the opening day of the OECS
Summit here, Mitchell reiterated that CARI-
COM heads were serious about ensuring
there were fundamental changes in West
Indies cricket and urged Cameron to focus
on the interests of Caribbean people and
not those of himself and his board mem-
"We (CARICOM Heads) said were pre-
pared in the interest of our people to meet
immediately to look at how we re going for-
ward," said Mitchell, who is also chairman
of CARICOM s Cricket Governance Com-
"I can t believe this...I saw a [news] report
the president of the West Indies Cricket
Board says his people are very busy---they
are professional people with a lot of respon-
sibilities---so the heads are not professional
people. So we can meet, we can give up
"All I ask the president [is to] accept the
responsibility and think less of yourself and
your board members and more of the people
of the entire Caribbean."
Earlier this month, Mitchell had asked
Cameron for an "urgent meeting" to discuss
the Governance Review Panel report which
among other things, recommended the
"immediate dissolution" of the WICB.
However, Cameron suggested at the
time---and reiterated last weekend---that
there was unlikely to be any talks with
CARICOM before the already scheduled
December 12 Directors meeting in St Lucia.
Delivering the feature address at Cayman
Cricket s Annual Awards Dinner in George
Town last Saturday, Cameron said the Board
comprised a "number of professionals" and
therefore simply calling a meeting was "not
But Mitchell said he found it hard to
accept the WICB s reluctance to meet
urgently with CARICOM Heads especially
since it was the Board who had agreed to
the establishment of the Panel, and had
helped to recommend its members.
"Let me state the facts. Our leaders recog-
nised that they had a responsibility to the
people, not to just a particular issue but to
the people, so what affects the people must
affect the leaders. If not, we re not leaders,"
explained Mitchell, who along with several
other Caribbean prime ministers met with
the WICB in a crucial meeting last April in
"We agreed to meet with all stakeholders.
We gave of our time---the Prime Minister
of the Bahamas (Perry Christie) his country
plays little or no cricket but he left his coun-
try and came to Grenada, engaged with the
West Indies Cricket Board and all stake-
"We agreed to set up an independent
body with distinguished Caribbean citizens
and we agreed to give serious effort to imple-
menting the decision of that group. It was
not a Keith Mitchell recommendation, it
was not a (Roosevelt) Skerritt recommen-
dation, the leaders proceeded to give effect
"The Board had on its team the head of
[their] Governance of Cricket---the distin-
guished president of the Caribbean Court
of Justice [Sir] Dennis Byron. They recom-
mended him to be on the committee. They
recommended the Caribbean Development
Bank president [Dr Warren Smith]. It was
not my recommendation ..."
Mitchell said Cameron and the WICB
needed to take a cue from Caribbean leaders
who were also busy but were willing to
make time to discuss the recommendations.
"Now the recommendation comes out,
I cannot understand. Heads of Government
are busy people, they have so much to do,
I don t need extra work," the Grenada leader
"Sometimes I can t find a minute to mid-
day in Grenada to do some of the things I
have to do so I don t need this and I know
all leaders don t need it."
He made it clear that the move to establish
the Panel was purely out of a desire to rescue
"We have our problems. Like everything
else, we re up today and down tomorrow
but we are down far too long and we can
only see one thing going down and down."
The Panel was chaired by UWI Cave Hill
Campus principal, Professor Eudine Bar-
riteau, and also included West Indies cricket
legend Deryck Murray and Dwain Gill, pres-
ident of the Grenada Cricket Association.
MIAMI---England-based striker Clayton
Donaldson scored on his first ever start
for Jamaica as the under-pressure Reggae
Boyz beat Haiti 1-0 to put their 2018 World
Cup qualifying campaign back on course.
The 31-year-old, who earned his first cap
for Jamaica in their 2-0 loss to Panama in
Kingston last week, struck in the 62nd
minute to break the deadlock and hand the
visitors full points at the Stade Sylvio Cator.
Elsewhere, at the Arnos Vale Sports Com-
plex in Kingstown, St Vincent and the
Grenadines suffered their second straight
drubbing with a 4-0 defeat to Guatemala.
In Panama City, meanwhile, Costa Rica
beat Panama 2-1 at the Estadio Rommel
The victory for Jamaica moved them off
the bottom of Group B into third spot behind
leaders Costa Rica who have six points from
two wins in as many outings.
SVG remain rock bottom after two loss-
es.Much of the focus, however, was on Port-
au-Prince, especially after Jamaica were
stunned 2-0 by the Panamanians in their
opening game of the CONCACAF fourth
round of qualifiers last Friday.
The game was one of few chances but it
was the hosts who had the better of the
exchanges in the opening half.
Goalkeeper Andre Blake, starting ahead
of Duwayne Kerr, was called into action in
the 17th minute when he forced to save
from Max Hilaire.
Just minutes later, he just managed to
push over Jeff Louis s dipping shot, as
Jamaica managed to enter the break with
the scoreline still nil-all.
Demar Phillips came close to opening the
scoring for the visitors early in the second
half when Alvas Powell put in a searching
cross but the resulting shot was straight at
goalkeeper Johny Placide.
However, Jamaica were ahead soon after
thanks to good work from Phillips. He sent
in a corner which Donaldson, the Birming-
ham City striker, got on the end of to nod
past the Haitian custodian.
SVG, meanwhile, hammered 6-1 by the
US in their opener, suffered a similar fate
when Cincotta scored in the 23rd minute
and Mynor Lopez nine minutes later to give
Guatemala a 2-0 half-time lead.
Three minutes after the break, Denniss
Lopez added a third with Gerson Tinoco
scoring nine minutes from the end to wrap
up the comprehensive win. (CMC)
Hart: We let them
off the hook
"We let them off the hook." This is how national
coach Stephen Hart feels about Tuesday s key
World Cup Qualifying encounter against the Unit-
ed States at the Hasely Crawford Stadium which
ended in a goalless draw.
"Yesterday the coach said we should have scored
as least two goals in the first 15 minutes of the
game. "We had three clear cut opportunities, two
of which should have been converted but it just
did not happen. The one when Kenwyne Jones
squared back the ball for Joevin Jones on top the
area, really should have been put in. And again
when Cordell Cato got between two US defenders
and shot....I think that too should have been con-
verted," Hart said.
The T&T team enjoyed almost total domination
of the game, particularly in the first half of the
game, much to the delight of the sold-out crowd
that made their way to the venue. Football pundits
have described it as a display unlike any other by
a T&T team against USA, but Hart said the team
played to its potential.
Hart, who is responsible for a string of excellent
performances by the T&T over the past months,
in the midst of a turbulent time in the sport s
administration, did not sound worried about the
result but impressed upon the need to convert
opportunities when they come.
In front of the proverbial "Sea of Red" the Soca
Warriors were expected to score at least once. And
Hart in pointing out some of the clear cut chances
the team enjoyed, also singled out Cato s missed
header in the 64th minute of the match.
From this play, Jones (Joevin) raced clear down
the right flank and centred for an unmarked Cato
who was thrown off by a US defender s attempt
to challenge for the ball. Hart said an international
player such as Cato should never have missed such
He also pointed out that despite the US having
more of the possession in the second half of play
the T&T was not penetrated and congratulated
them for holding their own against their counter-
parts. After back pedalling for the entire first period,
Jurgen Klinsmann s men looked a renewed team
after the resumption and created a number of
"They definitely could have scored but had we
scored at least the two goals, we would have had
them against the ropes," Hart said. He made it
clear that though they were outplayed, his team
was not penetrated by the US and congratulated
them for the manner in which they were able to
contain them and still create opportunities.
World Cup 2018 qualifiers---4th round
At Arnos Vale Sports Complex:
St Vincent and the Grenadines lost to
GUA---Cincotta 23rd, Mynor Lopez
32nd, Denniss Lopez 48th, Gerson
At Hasely Crawford Stadium:
Trinidad and Tobago drew with United
At Stade Sylvio Cator:
Haiti lost to Jamaica 0-1
JAM---Clayton Donaldson 62nd.
At Estadio Rommel Fernandez:
Panama lost to Costa Rica 1-2.
PMA---Luis Tejada 71st.
CRC---Bryan Ruiz 66th, Marcos Urena
Think of Caribbean people and not
yourself, PM Mitchell tells Cameron
Donaldson leads Jamaica fightback
T&T captain Kenwyne Jones and other members of
the "Soca Warriors" team applaud the thousands
of fans in acknowledgment of the support they got
during Tuesday's World Cup Qualifying encounter
between with the USA at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium in Mucurapo. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell,
the chairman of CARICOM's Cricket
Birmingham City striker Clayton Donaldson
... scored in his second appearance for the
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