Doctors Bennett, Best resign

...Join Mansingh as CWI medical panel fallout widens

Senior staff reporter

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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The falling out between the Cricket West Indies (CWI) hierarchy and its medical panel continues to nosedive with the resignation of two more members.

Dr Donovan Bennett, the chairman of the panel, and Dr Renee Best have joined Dr Akshai Mansingh in stepping down due to deepening differences with the CWI board headed by Jamaican Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron.

“It [the resignation] has to do with some difficulties in carrying out our responsibilities. I don't think we got the type of support or respect that was due to voluntary professional people,” Bennett told the Jamaica Observer when contacted yesterday.

“It's the appropriate move to make to give the president room for him to have the type of panel that he is comfortable with,” he added.Bennett served two years as the panel's chairman. A vice-president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, he remains a CWI board director.

Yesterday the Observer tried to contact President Cameron, but calls to his mobile phone number went unanswered. When Mansingh resigned as the regional cricket board's chief medical officer two weeks ago, Cameron had said he “will not speak on the matter”.

Mansingh had cited an untenable relationship between the panel and the board. He told the Observer that the scrapping of a conference for West Indies cricket medical personnel, scheduled recently for Trinidad and Tobago, was the last straw. He also pointed to a lack of direct engagement and proper consultation between those high up the CWI chain of command and the medical panel.

Bennett, a retired anaesthesiologist, now completing a master's degree in sports medicine, said the relationship between him and compatriot Cameron is a cordial one.

“I wouldn't say the relationship with the president is great, but I would say that it is quite good and cordial. Having said that, when you have professional people working for you, you should basically respect their professional ability and allow them to do the job you ask them to do.

“I don't have any bitter feelings. I'm still hoping one day to be able to serve West Indies cricket. There's a vacuum now, I hope they can fill it. I'm even prepared to help in whatever way I can until they reconstitute a panel,” he emphasised.

The lone remaining medical doctor on the panel is Dr Anyyl Goopesingh, and he appears likely to follow, Bennett told the Observer.“He has been ill, but I'm pretty sure that as soon as he gets well you might very well hear from him,” he said.




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