THE directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have not taken the threats of CARICOM leaders to go forward with the disbanding of the region’s governing body in the sport lightly.According to Dr Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, CARICOM has discussed the matter among its members and will inform the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the Heads of Government’s decision on the matter.
The WICB, apart from meeting over the impasse with CARICOM, will also be speaking about the visit of India in July.
According to reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has said their team only wants to engage in Test matches.
CARICOM’s position has brought about fears that the various territories will begin to refuse to host games between the West Indies and the various touring countries.
That fear is also to be discussed among the members of the WICB’s board of directors.
The West Indies are, at the moment, scheduled to play four Test matches against India.
Those games had been earmarked for St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.
The WICB had refused to implement any plans to disband the organisation after CARICOM had listed the action as one of the major points of recommendations coming out of a survey last year.
The WICB’s position has drawn the ire of CARICOM, who, through Rowley, has said the body will no longer be discussing the issue with the sport’s governing body in the region.
“CARICOM will now discontinue any further discussions on the matter with West Indies Cricket Board and the decision of the heads is that we insist that the recommendations of the committee be implemented:. Is that the West Indies Cricket Board be dissolved and that an interim body be put in place to begin the restructuring of the management of West Indies Cricket.
This is a position which is resolutely opposed by West Indies Cricket Board and in seeking to impose upon us that nothing is wrong with the management of West Indies Cricket,” said Rowley. (Sportsmax.com)