Nation e-Edition

WICB has little impact on ICC

By LEONARD ST HILL

| Tue, January 22, 2013 - 12:00 AM

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IN THE organization of cricket as a game of skill mixed with chance as glorious uncertainty, the commercial aspect which professionalism demands for financial feasibility introduces the venality of match fixing as insurance against chance.

Although television coverage has minimized the importance of gate receipts in the economy of fixtures, population size of venues determines the viability of events. This places the West Indies at a disadvantage in competition with more populous and therefore more popular entrants.

Having been reduced to the rank of minnows in the current segregated International Cricket Council (ICC) fixtures and ratings by continuous assessment, it is open to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to create its own space in the firmament by withdrawing from this travesty leaving Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa free to enjoy Ashes and winter cricket with England and Wales under the aegis of ICC in Dubai.

The alternative to this form of protest action is the triennial world Test cricket championship played as a home and away series of five matches for the official title.

Whatever its reaction to this or other proposals, it remains remarkable how, historically, West Indies representation has had little influence around the ICC table (and in the MCC before) regarding the regulation of the game even when the West Indies were indisputably world champions.

The fault lies not in our stars that we are underlings!

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