Former West Indies Cricket Board WICB Vice-President Clarvis Joseph has labeled the WICB’s no comment approach to the draft presented by the International Cricket Council’s ICC Finance & Commercial Affairs committee as cowardly.
Joseph was quoted in the Antigua Observer as saying that there are wide implications for the development of cricket in the region and the WICB’s silence on the issue has done it no favour.
“We have lost the leadership role that we used to play in ICC by adopting the cowardly attitude of not making it public. There are very wide implications for the development of cricket and that is all I would say at this time because I really don’t want to get involved for obvious reasons that you would appreciate,” Joseph said.
“But I find it disgusting that we are not prepared to stand up and declare out of hand and talk about it when we should have gone to the meeting and that is nonsense.
“There is too much investment by government and the people in the Caribbean in the development of cricket. We have been let down in terms of the standard of the players, but that is no excuse to adopt a cowardly attitude,” he added.
The proposal, if adopted, gives control of Test cricket to England, India and Australia, and also includes the formation of a two-tier structure of Test cricket, with those three nations immune from relegation.
Joseph, who said he has seen the draft in its entirety, warns that the motive of the proposal hinges largely on finances.
WICB has reserved comment on the draft proposal until they have made a presentation to the ICC at its Board meeting scheduled for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The West Indies Cricket Board on Monday announced that the legendary innovator of the Party Stand at Cricket DJ Chickie will re-launch his world famous Chickie Party Stand for the WE vs. THEM Series West Indies verses England.
The Chickie Party Stand will be located at the eastern lower level of the North Stand at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds and tickets cost EC$108 which includes entry to the match, a t-shirt, breakfast and four drinks chits along with other giveaways. The three One Day International matches will be played on February 28th, March 2nd and 5th.
WICB Marketing and Communications Manager Imran Khan said that there has been overwhelming demand for the return of the iconic Chickie to the Cricket scene.
“We could not be more delighted to have Chickie back in full force alongside the now familiar Myst Party Stand. With this unmatchable combination, fans will have both options and a fun-packed party atmosphere to jam along with the on field cricket action,” Khan said.
Myst Party Stand tickets are EC$75 each and fans will receive four drinks chits as part of the package deal. Khan also announced that all tickets for the matches are now on sale at the WICB Ticket Office and other outlets.
The WICB had been awaiting the arrival of the replacement seats for SVRCG. Some of the seats at the SVRCG had become deteriorated as a result of wear and tear and are to be replaced. The shipment arrived on island at the weekend and installation is to begin this week.
Selected tickets had previously been on sale online via windiescricket.com and at the WICB Ticket Office at the ARG.