Cricket challenges loom large

Interestingly, in what was a sort of baptism of fire for Gordon, he accepted Brancker’s resignation and apparently took on the position and the attendant responsibility himself.
Brancker’s concern with the CWC had to do with issues relating to transparency and accountability and appears to have had the full support of Barbadian Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Owen Arthur, in this regard.
Since Brancker left the organisation it seems that everything returned to business as usual and we have heard precious little about the issues that seemed to have concerned Brancker.
One is not at all sure that we have ever really been offered an acceptable, reasonable explanation for Brancker’s departure.

Lara’s Appointment
When Brian Lara was appointed captain of the West Indies Cricket team once more there were fingers pointing at Gordon. It may well be that some people felt that there was not enough by way of consultation in respect of the appointment.
Gordon seems to have been suggesting that he had every reason to believe that the WICB was firmly behind Lara’s appointment.
There may well be many who are today still wondering whether in fact this was the case.
It may still be important to ask the pertinent questions:
Was the appointment of Brian Lara done in a manner that left every member of the WICB satisfied that due process was indeed followed all of the way?

Stanford 20/20
The recent debacle that revolved around the Stanford match, West Indies versus South Africa may well be one of the major nails in the coffin of Ken Gordon.
Indeed from this particular issue it seems that there may not be very many people in the world of cricket who might still think they have reason to every take him seriously again.
The issues emergent out of the Stanford 20/20 match are numerous and tell an ominous tale about the state of the leadership of West Indies Cricket.
In an article in the Sunday Sun of Barbados dated 3 September 2006, Tony Cozier suggests that Ken Gordon virtually ‘dropped the ball’.
Since January of this year that Stanford had written for and obtained the approval of the International Cricket Council, ICC, to have the match between the West Indies and one of its full members during the period 10-12 November 2006. Unfortunately for Stanford it seems that Gordon indicated that he was unable to get the Pakistanis to change the dates to accommodate the match (West Indies is to tour Pakistan around the time with the first test scheduled for 11 November).
According to Cozier, “Each time he said he met with a refusal”.
Later it was said that Khan was willing to “bend over backwards” to help in whatever way possible.
Stanford, for his part was so eager to have the match that he seemed prepared to select a team from among those not going on tour, if he knew early enough who was going.
According to Cozier: “He (Stanford) wrote to Gordon asking for the WICB to name its team to Pakistan early so that his own selectors could be aware of who was available and for his coaches and support team to properly prepare them for the challenge. Again Gordon found reasons to deny the request, each one different to the previous one”.
The South Africans seemed upset at the fact that they lost out on an opportunity to challenge for the US$5m that was up for grabs in the Stanford match where the winner was supposed to take all.
There appears to have been some concern even among members of the WICB’s Cricket Committee at one point.
Michael Holding’s departure from the Cricket Committee may or may not have been related to the 20/20 matter but coming at the time that it did made the situation look bad for the WICB generally.
One wonders just how long we can expect Ken Gordon to stay at the helm of West Indies Cricket.
In some circles Gordon’s resignation should have already been written. Of course the fact that the WICB is host to the CWC 2007 may well be the reason that some would want Gordon to continue at the helm.
After that he could demit office with some dispatch.