Outspoken fast bowling legend, Michael Holding, has welcomed the recent leadership change atop Cricket West Indies but says the regional governing body now needed to undergo serious constitutional change if it was to escape the cycle of poor governance, which had plagued it in the past.
The 65-year-old Jamaican, now a well-respected television broadcaster, said a new constitution would allow for an enhanced governance structure which would prevent future CWI leaders from “dominating situations, doing as they like and being supported by their lackeys”.
“I think this is a positive change but what I don’t want people to think is that everything is now rosy – the rose garden is looking well-pruned and everything is pretty again,” Holding told i95.5 FM in an extensive interview.
“We have a lot of work to do, there is a lot of work that has to be done. What needs to be done is what was not done and what has been rejected for so many years – restructuring of the board with a new constitution so that what took place previously, cannot take place again where you have people dominating situations, doing as they like and being supported by their lackeys. That needs to stop.”
Holding lamented the fact that previous CWI administrations had ignored the key recommendations contained in various reports, all of which had called for an overhaul of the governing body.
And while noting that restructuring the board was not necessarily the first thing which needed to be undertaken by new president Ricky Skerritt, Holding said it should be placed high on the priority list.
“It can happen very, very quickly. They just need to sit down with some people who know about constitutional law and restructure the constitution of the board. That is not the first thing that needs to be done but it needs to be done very quickly,” said Holding, a member of the West Indies formidable pace battery of the 1970s and 80s.