BCA members want Garner gone
Moves are afoot to remove former West Indies fastbowler Joel Garner as president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA).
Barbados TODAY investigations have revealed that a petition originating from within the BCA’s general membership has been making the rounds in search of 110 signatures to initiate an extraordinary meeting to have Garner removed. A senior BCA source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stressed that the intention was for the entire BCA board to go.
This latest development comes as a result of the handling of the controversy involving former chief executive officer Jefferson Miller who was appointed to the BCA top position despite a criminal conviction in Miami and under circumstances where according to the conditions of his sentence, he should have been in the United States jurisdiction doing an extended period of supervised community service.
“The BCA board, under the leadership of Joel, botched up this entire situation. In any other country, the head of an organization responsible for this fiasco would have done the right thing and resign. But that is not the culture in Barbados. We make an excuse, pretend to be the victim and continue as though nothing happened or until people forget,” he said.
The official said that it was to his certain knowledge that there were some in the BCA who knew of Miller’s legal troubles in the United States before he was given the top position at the BCA.
“I am not going to get into whether a due diligence was done or not done. People have to use their commonsense. In this era of technology, making a background check on someone is not the hardest thing to do. And when someone has a high profile, it makes the background check even easier. It was known by some in the BCA that Jeff had issues in the states, that is as true as John 3:16,” he said, adding that the BCA’s handling of the matter after it became known to the public was “particularly poor”.
The official told Barbados TODAY that the contract which Miller had with the BCA facilitated him getting a separation package but under normal circumstances, though there was no disclosure stipulation for criminal convictions, Miller was fortunate to get the significant package which he got. The official did not disclose that figure.
He revealed that already a number of persons had signed the petition and tomorrow during actual cricket matches persons would be going around to specific clubs to whip up further support in the effort to force Garner out.
He said it was nothing personal against Garner, who he added had served Barbados and West Indies cricket well on and off the field. But he explained that the administration of cricket in Barbados had been greatly embarrassed and it should not be swept aside as though it was a matter of little significance. He explained an example had to be set to ensure people understood the consequences of certain administrative blunders.
Asked whether members of the BCA board had anything to do with the drafting of and circulation of the petition, the official said there were people on the board who believed Garner should resign, and there were people outside the board who believed Garner should not only go, but he should take the other board members with him.
Last week during a radio broadcast, Garner charged that tribalism was firmly rooted in the BCA. The fast-bowling great said the job of president had taken a toll on him and added he was not sure if he would be seeking the post again after his present term ended. Garner also took objection to information regarding the Miller debacle being, as he put it, leaked to the Press.
Garner suggested that the decision to hire Miller was a board decision and because someone had not voted for him that didn’t mean he or she was not part of the process.
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