Home > News >

Clarvis Joseph labels WICB’s “no comment” approach on ICC’s draft proposal as cowardly

First Test - West Indies v Australia Day 5
Clarvis Joseph says that the WICB’s silence against the ICC’s draft proposal is harming West Indies cricket © Getty Images

St.John’s (Antigua): Jan 26, 2014

West Indies Cricket Board‘s [WICB] former vice president Clarvis Joseph has labelled the board’s “no comment” approach to the draft presented by the International Cricket Council’s [ICC] finance and commercial affairs committee as “cowardly”.

Joseph was quoted in the Antigua Observer as saying that there are wide implications for the development of cricket in the region and the WICB’s silence on the issue has done it no favour, reports CMC.

“We have lost the leadership role that we used to play in ICC by adopting the cowardly attitude of not making it public. There are very wide implications for the development of cricket and that is all I would say at this time because I really don’t want to get involved for obvious reasons that you would appreciate,” said Joseph.

“But I find it disgusting that we are not prepared to stand up and declare out of hand and talk about it when we should have gone to the meeting and that is nonsense.”

“There is too much investment by government and the people in the Caribbean in the development of cricket. We have been let down in terms of the standard of the players but that is no excuse to adopt a cowardly attitude,” added Joseph.

The ICC committee proposal, if adopted, gives control of Test cricket to England, India and Australia and also includes the formation of a two-tier structure of Test cricket, with those three nations immune from relegation.

Joseph, who said he has seen the draft in its entirety, warns that the motive of the proposal hinges largely on finances.

“My knowledge suggests that the members of the West Indies Cricket Board have not been presented with the full report but have been presented with a power point presentation of the report, and if you read the full report, there is nothing to do with cricket,”  said Joseph.

“It has everything to do with money and distribution of revenue and if you look at it from a purely cricket perspective, the proposal has no merit.”

“It is not today that England has sought to dominate the decision-making in ICC and if you go back as far as when Alan Weir was president, the ECC requested a veto on ICC matters as far as that,” added Joseph.

The WICB has reserved comment on the draft proposal until they have made a presentation to the ICC at its Board meeting scheduled for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next Tuesday and Wednesday.

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014  at Raipur

NK won by 33 runs (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 5 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

Photos

CSK vs KKR, Match 1 CLT20 2014

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Pakistan selectors thinking of dropping Younis Khan from ODI squad

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Kane Williamson’s ton for Northern Knights against Cape Cobras proves that T20 isn’t all about slogging

Furious MS Dhoni and CSK check out of Hyderabad hotel following Biryani episode

Herbert Chang: The Jamaican of Chinese origin who wasted his life in South Africa

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Kings XI Punjab’s batting gets the extra punch with Thisara Perera’s inclusion

Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 CSK vs KKR Hobart Hurricanes Hobart Hurricanes vs Kings XI Punjab Kings XI Punjab Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes KKR vs CSK Kolkata Knight Riders Northern Knights Pakistan

CLT20 2014: We didn’t field well, says Cape Cobras skipper Justin Ontong

Sachin Tendulkar’s 15-a-side idea rejected by Mumbai Cricket Association

Arjun Tendulkar scores 118 off 48 balls in Smaash Master Blaster Tournament

CLT20 2014: KKR take on spirited Lahore Lions

West Indies women defeat New Zealand women by 4 runs in dramatic last-over finish

Don Bradman plays his final innings in England

Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, Match 5, CLT20 2014 — Key battles

Dolphins vs Perth Scorchers, Match 4, CLT20 2014 — Key battles

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Barbados Tridents CLT20 2014 Match 5: KXIP’s likely XI

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Kane Williamson’s ton for Northern Knights against Cape Cobras proves that T20 isn’t all about slogging

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

669 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes (HH) CLT20 2014

Happy New Year song Lovely: Deepika Padukone sizzles in this seductive number!

Beware, sitting for too long may cause early ageing

#UberMINI: Users in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore can book a free ride in a MINI today

iPhone 6 launch: Fans queue up across the world

Harsh Vardhan announces November 7 as the National Cancer Awareness Day

Leaked: Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 8 performance pictures!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here