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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Windies players should be punished


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As the public continues to debate the West Indies team’s premature withdrawal from last month’s tou of India there are some questions I must ask and to which I would like some answers.

Why is it that the politicians in the Caribbean have to get involved whenever there is a dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA)? I think they should keep out of the administration of the WICB.

It all started in 1973 when Forbes Burnham of Guyana brought back Clive Lloyd to the West Indies from Australia after the WICB refused to bring him back.

Who was going to pay that bill of US$42 million claimed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)?

 There is another question I think that should be asked. If one is running a business and the workers walk off the job and cause the company or firm to lose US$42 million what would you do with those workers?

It is my view that the players who were in India had broken the contract and they should have completed the tour and when they returned to the West Indies, discussions could have taken place.

I also feel very strongly that those players should be made to contribute towards the US$42 millionand they should be punished. They should be made to miss a few matches and be charged part of their match fee.

It is also my feeling that if they are allowed to get away with this, who can tell us that they would not do it again. Undoubtedly West Indies Cricket has now been dealt with a mortal blow.

The enormous financial consequences of the team’s abrupt termination of their tour of India is far reaching for the WICB who  is in no position to repay the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that sum of US$42 million.

The WICB will not have any money for the development of cricket including paying the many players now on contract. I do hope that BCCI will go through with its claims for it will teach WIPA a lesson.



Canons Gregston Gooding and Devere Murrell will be retiring on December 31 and the parishes of St George and St Matthias will therefore become vacant effective January 1, 2015.

• Cynthia Dash retired as Diocesan Secretary on Friday, October 31. We convey to her our thanks and appreciation for her work in the diocese.

Anglican appointments

Rev. Michael Squires will serve as Priest-in-charge of St George from November 1 to December 31. Canon Noel Titus will serve as Priest-in-charge of St Matthias from November 16 to December 31 and The Rev Amrela Massiah will serve as Assistant Priest at Christ Church effective November 1.

•Kelly Burke has been invited to act as diocesan secretary and Deon Mayers will act as youth director effective November 1.


Rev Wayne Kirton will be instituted as Rector of St John the Baptist on November 15 and Rev. Selven Lowe as Rector of All Saints on December 6. 

Please remember our two brothers in your prayers as they take another important step in their ministry.


Reginald Knight will be ordained to the Order of Deacons on December 15, the Feast of St John of the Cross at St Mary at 7:30 p.m.


Rev Canon Geoffrey Mayers has resigned as Rural Dean for the St John’s Deanery effective November 1.


Father C.V.S. Belle celebrated his 99th birthday on Sunday, November 2, and we join with him and his family thanking God for his long life.

We wish him many blessings at this special time.

Patronal Festival

St Martin’s Anglican Church’s Patronal Festival will be from this Sunday to November 16.

Independence gala

Christ Church Parish Church will hold it’s Inaugural Independence Gala at the Ivan Harewood Centre, Christ Church Parish Church, Church Hill,on Saturday, November 29, at 7 p.m.


The St James Parish Church will hold an Expo on November 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St James Parish Church, Holetown, St James.  Come and learn about the history of the oldest church in Barbados.

Ordained ministry

An initiative is being launched to encourage persons to offer themselves for the ordained ministry.

Individuals who would like to explore or have an interest are invited to attend a meeting on November 22 for the St John and Christ Church Deaneries at the St John Church Hall. The meetings will begin at 10 a.m.


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