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WICB needs a new direction

Saturday, March 24, 2012    

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Dear Editor,

Is it because of bad management or bad players that West Indies cricket is suffering? As a former Headley Cup player, with a bowling figure of 5-55, I bowled 25 overs straight as a pace bowler in the mid-day sun against the mighty STETHS, and I must say I am ashamed to see our cricket in this appalling situation. I must confess I haven't a clue what Chris Gayle uttered on that radio station, which means I am not in a position to say whether he is right or wrong. Anyway, it is clear the West Indies Cricket Board is not handling the situation in a professional manner.

Do you remember those days when the lousiest player owned a football and the game could only start if he was picked to play? The two team captains picked around that lousy football player and were ready to start the game, but guess where the ball was? It was under the arm of the lousy player, who by this time was sitting on the wall sucking a bag juice and in an undertone calling both captains idiots for trying to start a game without a football.

Do you remember those days when the lousiest player owned a football and the game could only start if he was picked to play? The two team captains picked around that lousy football player and were ready to start the game, but guess where the ball was? It was under the arm of the lousy player, who by this time was sitting on the wall sucking a bag juice and in an undertone calling both captains idiots for trying to start a game without a football.

In every big organisation you have a disciplinary committee to handle situations like the Gayle and WICB issue. The cat-and-mouse game the WICB seems to be playing is very childish. If Gayle said something that pulls the game into disrepute, then he should face the disciplinary committee to explain his utterance. The committee should have former players and a retired judge. It should have former players from different countries to have a good balance and different opinions. He can only be banned from the game when a majority of the committee members find him guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

This "apologise or don't play" is very unprofessional and childish. What the WICB needs is a new direction. Here's an example.

The EU rotates its presidency so that every country can come up with something new. In the first half of 2012, Denmark will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. Cyprus will take it over from July 1 to December 31. The permanent president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, is Belgian.

The WICB needs to start that system so that different ideas can come about. The WICB would have a permanent president and a permanent high representative of the WICB to deal with foreign affairs issues. Jamaica, for example, could run it between January 1 and December 31, 2013, and then Trinidad and Tobago between January 1 and December 31, 2014, and so on.

At the end of each country's term, a summit would take place, which would be chaired by the permanent president and high representative in the country with the presidency. Each country would have its own treasurer, secretary, etc. At the end of Jamaica 's term, the books should be balanced, the minutes prepared and passed on to Trinidad Tobago.

It is the seventh time Denmark holds the EU presidency since joining the European Community in 1973. It would come back to Jamaica when the last country finished its term and so on. The disciplinary committee members would not change with the presidency. For example, if Chris Gayle or any other player does something wrong which upsets other Caribbean countries' citizens while Jamaica has the presidency, they could ask Jamaica to send Chris or that other player to the disciplinary committee to know their fate while Jamaica runs the cricket business to make it better.

It is important that members generate a friendly and informal atmosphere so that ideas and information can flow among the members. Members' willingness to help, as well as be helped, is the keystone of a group that works. Everyone contributes, everyone shares, and everyone benefits. In conclusion, all one needs for a successful group is the courage of a lion, the strength of an elephant and the speed of a cheetah. The combination of these characteristics, coupled with good horse sense, is what makes a group that works. Don't let it look like talking to the WICB is like playing football with a one-legged man. The ball never comes back to you.

Hero Scott

herocarlito@yahoo.com

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