Arnos Vale, St. Vincent, August 24, 2020 – The Annual General Meeting of the Windward Islands Cricket Board (WICB) took place on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The Directors from the four Member States participated in the meeting via Zoom.
The meeting was constitutionally due in May 2020, however, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the uncertainty of regular air travel resumption, the board decided to have the meeting virtually.
A critical outcome of the 5-hour long meeting was the adoption of a proposed revised constitution. The revision was done by former WICB director, Saint Lucian Patrick Felix and Former West Indies cricketer, HE Michael Findlay.
Some key changes to the constitution are:
- A name change from Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control to Windward Islands Cricket Board
- A term limit for the Presidency of WICB; a maximum of four (4) consecutive two-year terms.
- A selection policy was given precedence for selections of all Windward Islands teams
Other important developments from the meeting included the decision to develop a WICB Strategic Plan for 2021-2025. The board members also learned about the favorable financial position of both the WICB and the Windwards Cricket Inc (Volcanoes). Treasurer Dougal James confirmed that the two Windwards bodies are in the best financial state for at least the last five (5) years, with savings in both accounts and no outstanding payables.
WICB’s President, Dr. Kishore Shallow indicated that it was a productive meeting. “We had a fruitful meeting with some significant strides as a board, none more important than the adoption of a revised constitution,” said Dr. Shallow. He further expressed “sincerest gratitude to Patrick Felix and Michael Findlay for conducting a prudent exercise to revise the constitution. My esteemed colleagues on the board also deserve commendations for being so forward-thinking with their positive reception to the proposed changes.”
CEO (acting) and Director, Dwain Gill said he was pleased with the progress of WICB. “We have progressed well over the last year or so, with an established management structure and prudent financial management practices. Accountability and excellence have been identified as priorities with our operations, even as we navigate through these COVID times.”
The board’s next meeting will be at the end of September 2020. The main agenda item then would be regional and sub-regional tournaments.