Changes coming to WICB
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will soon be renamed Cricket West Indies.
President Dave Cameron made the official announcement at the just concluded Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors quarterly meeting, held in Kingston over the weekend.
It was also announced that Director Don Wehby will lead a team of other independents – including Clifford Reis, Ricky Skerritt and three others who were not named – to assess the outstanding recommendations of the Lucky, Patterson and Wilkin reports. These reports have over time suggested changes to the WICB’s governance and management structures.
Cameron noted that “the terms of reference of this team will focus primarily on the recommendations that have not been implemented”. He also said the team would examine “if there is an opportunity to bring anything back to the territorial boards and the WICB for adoption by the shareholders”.
The president went on to state that “once that process is complete, a change management expert will be brought in to complete the process for a smooth transition”.
It appears that the financial position of the organisation is also steadying. Cameron reported to shareholders that the WICB had recorded a surplus of US$3.4 million as at September 30, 2015, based on audited financial statements by KPMG. In revealing the projections for the next four years, the president was also confident that the Board would be able to cover costs for its domestic competitions and cricket programmes.
Coming up in 2017-2018, there will be a variety of home series in all formats. Bid documents have also been sent through the territorial boards for countries to indicate and commit to hosting. By the end of April, “once the commitments have been received, a comprehensive schedule will be released to the public”, added Cameron.
For the tri-nation series in June this year, the Board is finalizing commitments with Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados to whom matches have already been assigned. The West Indies will host Australia and South Africa for the entire month of June. Prior to that, the Commercial and Marketing team of the Secretariat will host training and preparation sessions for teams from all the assigned countries.