Antigua Observer:- Former West Indies fast bowler and the first Antiguan to play for the regional squad, Sir Andy Roberts, has lamented the departure of Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell from the chairmanship of Caricom’s sub-committee on cricket governance.
News broke on Tuesday that the Grenada PM had quit the post, stating that he had been angered by the behaviour of “a couple of our leaders in the region”.
According to Sir Andy, Mitchell was not only an advocate for good governance within the WICB, but would have experienced issues similar to those currently plaguing West Indies cricket during his time as a player.
“He was probably the person who was making the most noise as a prime minister. I think maybe because he played cricket, because he was maybe in the Windward Islands squad at one time, he is showing more interest than the others,” he said.
“The other voice that you heard in the earlier stages was Ralph Gonsalves, and you haven’t heard anything from Ralph for almost a year now, so with Keith Mitchell gone I don’t think there is that voice and the force behind it,” he added.
Prime Minister Mitchell did not reveal the names of his regional counterparts whom he accused of undermining Caricom’s position by making “divisive” public statements after agreements would have been reached at the heads of government level.
Sir Andy believes that more former players and Caribbean people on a whole, should let their feelings on the administration of West Indies cricket known.
“We need a number of the former great players — not just the handful that has been making the headlines — but a number of them to come out and condemn what is happening and just stand firmly behind what the governments are trying to do.
“If you had an outcry of about 100 or maybe 200 former players then you’d probably have something different,” he said.
In his interview with Grenada sports, Prime Minister Mitchell said he has suggested that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines take up the position he had just vacated.