Former president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Dinanath Ramnarine, has described as spot on, the recent recommendations of the Review Panel of the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee, which, among other things, has called for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The panel, set-up in conjunction with the WICB, listed several shortcomings of the current board structure and management of the WICB, and its attendant territorial boards of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands and Guyana. This, the review panel said, has resulted in continued decline of West Indies cricket, which languish at the bottom of the premier International Cricket Council Test and one-day international rankings. “I can see the thinking, and the train of thought of the review panel, and believe the recommendations hit a lot of nails on the head,” Ramnarine told The Gleaner. “There is great urgency for restructuring, especially at the territorial board levels, which continue to operate at a level that does not support good governance.” urged Ramnarine. “For example, when last has Guyana had a proper, democratically elected board? “The current structure of the WICB, and general structures of West Indies cricket, are weak, and has failed the people of the Caribbean, and I believe the time has come for serious change,” he added. Chaired by University of The West Indies, Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, the review panel said the current structure of West Indies cricket was “incapable” of delivering desired results. “The WICB and Territorial Boards have been able to ignore the extent to which their operations lack transparency and accountability, because the current structures do not respect these basic tenets of good governance within their operations,” said the panel. “Our main recommendation (therefore) is that the Board should be immediately dissolved, and, all current members resign, and an Interim Board selected.” The Interim Board, the review panel recommended, should then work with a change management expert to install a new governance framework. The panel also went on to explain that its suggestions are not too far from that of which Australia instituted in recent times, as a means of moving with a changed global business landscape. Ramnarine, a former director of the WICB when he was head of WIPA, also commended the suggestion on an Interim Board. “It is a good suggestion, and probably the best way forward at this time,” Ramnarine said. “The board currently lacks the requisite persons with the right expertise to chart the way forward.” The five-member review panel also included former West Indies player, Deryck Murray, Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice, president of the Grenada Cricket Association, Dwain Gill, and president of the Caribbean Development Bank, Warren Smith.
Egypt join Nigeria in round of 16.AFCON 2019Egypt 2-0 DR CongoCairo International Stadium, CairoWednesday, 27-06-2019Hosts Egypt sealed their spot in the knock-out stages of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday night.The Pharaohs who are hot favourites for this year’s edition, defeated Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 2-0 at the Aciro International Stadium, to move top of Group A.Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah stole the show with a goal and an assist on the night, his first of the tournament.Egypt went ahead on 25 minutes when Salah’s cross was met by Aston Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady, who finished at the second attempt.Liverpool forward Salah then added a second two minutes to the break with a powerful strike when surrounded by two DR Congo players after a fine run from Mahmoud Trezeguet.Congo who started with a much changed team from the one that lost by the same scoreline to Uganda created several chances but could not put them away in the end.Seven-time winners Egypt now join Nigeria in the last 16 of the competition.The Super Eagles defeated Nigeria 1-0 in the opening game on Wednesday to become the first nation into the knockout phase.Egypt, who last won the tournament in 2010 and lost in the 2017 final, secured their second win in two matches to move on to six points and guarantee a top-two finish in Group A.DR Congo hit the woodwork twice, through Marcel Tisserand when it was goalless and then again with a header from Jonathan Bolingi when Egypt were ahead 1-0.Yannick Bolasie, who is an Everton player but spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and then at Anderlecht, nearly pulled a goal back late on but curled a free-kick just wide.This was DR Congo’s second defeat in two games and they have to beat Zimbabwe on Sunday and hope they claim one of the four spots available to teams finishing third in their group.Egypt had begun their campaign with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe and will go through as group winners if they avoid defeat against second-placed Uganda on Sunday.In the other Group A game played on Wednesday, Uganda drew 1-1 with Zimbabwe.The Cranes took the lead on 12 minutes with Emmanuel Okwi scoring his second goal of the tournament. Zimbabwe responded four minutes from the break, Khama Billiat doing them the honours.Uganda are now second with four points and will join Egypt in the last 16 if they avoid defeat against the Pharaohs on Saturday.For Zimbabwe, they need to defeat DR Congo in their last game to stand any chances of reaching the last 16.The other Wednesday games-Nigeria 1-0 Guinea-Uganda 1-1 ZimbabweThursday’s fixtures-Madagascar vs Burundi @5:30pm-Senegal vs Algeria @8pm-Kenya vs Tanzania @11pmComments Tags: 2019 AFCONDR CongoEgyptMohamed Salah