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WICB silent on ICC reforms

first_imgWest Indies Cricket Board (WICB) marketing and communications manager Carole Beckford says that the body will not be drawn on speculation about the future of West Indies cricket should the International Cricket Council (ICC) go ahead with its proposed changes regarding team membership.Under these proposed changes, full members of the ICC would have their statuses reviewed every five years, after which, a decision will be made about their membership. Associate members would have their statuses reviewed every two years, and affiliate membership would be scrapped altogether.An email, which was circulated among ICC members, said full membership status is not permanent and “a full member may be reclassified as an associate member upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee, where it fails to meet the retention criteria.”Another proposal being suggested is that the ICC will withhold funding from members unless they provide information on their finances, as well as how it is spent.It is believed that these measures would put pressure on teams, such as the West Indies, that have been struggling with match results for a number of years.NO NEED FOR SPECULATIONHowever, Beckford told The Gleaner that these are only plans and nothing has yet been decided as a meeting will first need to take place between the council and each member, associate and affiliate team. As such, she says the WICB sees no need to be drawn on speculation at the moment as no decision will be made before such a meeting.The West Indies Test team is currently ranked eigth of ten teams in the world as at February 13, while, as of February 22, its One-Day International side is ninth of twelve ranked teams in that format. The West Indies Twenty20 team is fourth of 17.last_img read more

Governor General Julie Payette wishes Canada a happy 151st birthday

first_imgOTTAWA – Governor General Julie Payette is wishing everyone a happy Canada Day on the country’s 151st birthday.In a release this morning Payette says “Wherever you are today, whether you’re in Canada or abroad, wear your maple leaf proudly. This is your celebration.”The former astronaut says her first year as Governor General has been “quite a ride,” allowing her to meet exceptional Canadians from all origins as she travels around the country.In her first Canada Day message Payette says Canadians are fortunate to live in a country where so much is possible and where people can — as she puts it — “dare to dream.”She urges Canadians to get out and discover their vast country in their own way, to have fun and to remain “open, caring and engaged.”last_img