Chairman of Caricom’s subcommittee on cricket, has identified the unification of the Caribbean cricket community
Chairman of Caricom’s subcommittee on cricket, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has identified the unification of the Caribbean cricket community and the implementation of governance reforms as the two pressing issues before new Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Ricky Skerritt.
Speaking in the wake of the change in leadership atop the regional governing body, Gonsalves said Skerritt and new vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow had campaigned on a visionary 10-point Cricket First Plan, and it was now important to first bridge the gaps between stakeholders and also lay out a timetable for the restructuring of the CWI framework.
Gonsalves also agreed with Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Prime Minister Keith Rowley, on the need for a regional consultation to urgently discuss the state of the game and the way forward.
“The election represents the moment of and for change in West Indies cricket — change for the better,” the veteran St Vincent and the Grenadines leader told a radio cricket programme here.
“It’s about personalities, but far more than personalities, it’s about processes and an agenda for reform. They outlined in their 10-point plan an agenda for reform, and I expect they will stick to their manifesto.
“I think one of the first things they have to do is to unite the whole of the cricketing family in the West Indies. They have to go to all the stakeholders in the various countries — the respective boards, players, the governments and other interested parties including territorial boards who didn’t vote for them. So that’s very important — to stamp unity on the West Indies cricket.”
He continued: “There is this organic link between them and and the players — the men’s and women’s teams in all the different formats. They have to make sure they (teams) have the right staff and so on, because we have a very important World Cup fixture coming up.”