Category Archives: transparency

Having problems with regionalism and globalisation

A lot of talk has been generated by the Cricket World Cup (CWC) as an example of how the region can come together and make things successful. But around that talk there are other mutterings or loud shouts that suggest that not everyone sees it this way. Take, for example, the opening and closing ceremonies for CWC. I have heard and read comments that complained that the Jamaicans did not pay enough attention to the culture from the other countries. Recently, some Bajans have been complaining that the closing ceremony did not showcase Barbados, not least because the contract for the final music and dance “spectacle” had been given to a Trinidadian, Peter Minshall. That added to discontent that much of the final event had involved contracts going to foreign companies. Continue reading

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What will we learn from CWC? We need honesty and to listen to the critics

ken-gordon.jpgI listened to WICB president, Ken Gordon (see photo), talking on the radio this afternoon. He talked freely about aspects of West Indies cricket management and poor performances in the recent CWC, noting that we played according to the form book, being beaten by better teams. (It’s worth remembering, though, that Mr. Gordon had predicted that West Indies would win the tournament.) But he lamented the manner of the defeats and the absence of a sense of wanting to fight for victory. He spoke about the need to change attitudes and practices in the team and more broadly, and felt that the WICB was a better organization now. We may not all agree on his assessment of the WICB (see recent commentary in The Jamaica Gleaner), the outgoing captain, Brian Lara, or how best to move forward with cricket in the region, it was good for him to speak on these subjects and not immediately duck some of the difficult questions. Continue reading

Disarray in West Indies cricket: WICB in financial trouble; team lags behind the world’s best in many aspects

wicket.jpgMany tough questions have already been asked about the preparedness of the West Indies team for the current CWC, but now that the team cannot qualify for the semi-finals, we begin to see the kind of news that many suspected was behind part of the failure. The West Indies Cricket Board president Ken Gordon  states that it has no money for money for development; while it is breaking even it has a US$15 million debt!

So, how will the WICB go forward to develop players and coaches? Already, we are seeing promises that “in another few months we might be able to make some progress but we have to keep working…”, but credibility has already been stretched by what we have seen during the CWC.  Continue reading

Signs that discussions about Jamaican economy are maturing: all a matter of trust?

Three articles in The Sunday Gleaner of April 15 suggests to me that there is an interesting change taking place in Jamaica.

The first article, “Judging the Budget Debate“, by Ian Boyne, assesses what qualities can be expected in the discussions, coming ahead of general elections, especially in terms of leadership. He hopes that the leaders focus on substance rather than theatrics. Continue reading