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Reform a must, says Sir Hilary

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University of the West Indies vice-chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles believes the leadership of Cricket West Indies (CWI) faces the challenge of undertaking critical governance reform of the regional body, regaining the trust of stakeholders and implementing a visionary structure to move West Indies cricket from “awful to awesome”.

In a statement entitled Present Crisis And Future Of West Indies Cricket carried live on UWI TV, Sir Hilary said CWI had become a “backward institutional system” after rejecting the opportunity for reform through the Patterson Report, closing the Barbados-based High Performance Centre, and creating “greater acrimony” among critical stakeholders like businesses, governments and universities.

Sir Hilary, a former CWI director, was speaking ahead of the highly anticipated showdown yesterday between Dave Cameron and former St Kitts and Nevis government minister Ricky Skerritt for the position of CWI president.

“Other countries that have been faced with systemic decline in their performance have opted to restructure their governance model and engage in a period of strategic planning within the stakeholder grouping,” he pointed out.

“The Patterson Report sets out very clearly the path forward for West Indies cricket to enable the emergence of our cricket culture. The governance reforms embedded in the Patterson Report, however, have been rejected. (CMC)

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