Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is calling for a serious re-examination of the recommendations of the Governance Review Panel on Cricket.
In his address to the opening of the Twenty-Ninth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Monday in Haiti, the Grenada Prime Minister raised West Indies cricket as a “burning issue for which our Community must take due responsibility”.
“West Indies Cricket is a regional public good, and must, therefore, be subject to a regulatory framework, recognising its public good character,” he said.
In recognition of the “public good nature” of West Indies cricket, the Prime Minister said that forging a governance framework was required. That framework would respect the rules and independence mandated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and provide a proper framework for all stakeholders in the governance of West Indies cricket.
“Colleagues, we must move beyond entrenched polarised positions, which have not been helpful to the re-emergence of West Indies Cricket supremacy. I urge the Chairman of the sub-committee, and my good friend, Ralph Gonsalves, to seriously re-examine the recommendations, and champion our approach to addressing this issue so that West Indies cricket does not continue to wallow in the land of under-performance and mismanagement,” he said.