Patterson Governance Report still relevant, says CWC boss

BY HG HELPS
EDITOR-AT-LARGE
helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, March 31, 2019

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TWELVE years ago, former Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson, along with Sir Alister McIntyre and Dr Ian McDonald put forward a Governance Report – a list of 65 recommendations to improve West Indies cricket.

But the cricket administrators of the day dumped the report, with defeated president in the last Cricket West Indies election Whycliffe Cameron suggesting that the recommendations were not relevant to the administration of West Indies cricket.

Other reports written by distinguished officials were also not looked at favourably by the Cricket West Indies administration, among them, the 2015 Caricom Governance of Cricket report submitted by a panel chaired by Professor V Eudine Barriteau, and which included former President of the Caribbean Court of Justice Sir Denis Byron, former West Indies cricketer Deryck Murray, Warren Smith and Dwain Gill.

But there is hope, as new president Ricky Skerritt has vowed that all reports would be looked at and recommendations acted upon — all with the aim of advancing West Indies cricket.

“Absolutely,” was how Skerritt responded to a Jamaica Observer question about whether or not he would be willing to accommodate the Patterson-led report on governance.

“The PJ Patterson report is over 12 years old, but what hasn't come out enough is in 2017 Don Wehby chaired a committee, of which I was a member, and reviewed all of those reports, including the Patterson reports, and others, and produced a summary of the recommendations that had been implemented and those that had not.

“The next phase was supposed to have been an analysis of those that had a plan for the way forward. We never got there because the preliminary report went to the then incumbent, who shelved it. It was an internal report in 2017.

“I will now ensure that that report is dusted off… we will put back some folks to work on it and it will be a starting point of where we are going with governance.

“All of those reports would have been involved in producing that summary and review. I believe the title was Governance Reports Review. We will find it and it's a starting point,” Skerritt stated.


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