Joel Garner slams recommendation of dissolving WICB

Apr 11, 2016, 09:17 IST | IANS

Bridgetown (Barbados): Barbados Cricket Association president Joel Garner has hit out at the Caricom-commissioned governance panel’s controversial recommendation that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) be dissolved.

Former WI pace great Joel Garner.
Former WI pace great Joel Garner. Pic/AFP

Garner, the legendary former West Indies fast bowler and a current WICB director, questioned the practicality of the proposed move, contending that all the boards which comprised the regional governing body were legitimate legal entities and, therefore, they could not be simply struck down, reports CMC.

“My questions are: Is the BCA which was constituted by an act of Parliament in 1933, an illegal entity and my selection as president of the BCA an illegal act?” Garner said, while speaking at the BCA’s quarterly meeting here on Saturday.

‘Illegal entity’
“So I have to ask the question: Is the GCB (Guyana Cricket Board) an illegal entity? Is the Jamaica Cricket (Association) an illegal entity? Is the Leeward Islands Cricket Association an illegal entity? Is the Windward Islands Cricket Board an illegal entity? Is the TTCB (Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board) an illegal entity?”

He continued: “If they are so, they have all been established in countries in which the prime ministers are making noise and they have to tell the public of the region if these entities are illegal, how they were able to remain vibrant for so long.”

In proposing the dissolution of the WICB, the governance panel also recommended the appointment of an interim board
“whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”. And while Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom) heads have embraced the recommendation, the WICB President Dave Cameron has rejected it as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”.

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