Rather interestingly in the case of the CWC2007 the main organisers in almost every instance sought people of high social standing in an effort to facilitate the maintenance of that class hegemony in the sport and to appease the international cricketing fraternity.
While some analysts quickly boast of the extent to which cricket has been a great leveler of peoples in the Caribbean, the reality quickly hits home that at the leadership level this is not in fact the case. The CWC2007 reflected this harsh social reality and the extent to which it is being perpetuated in a part of the world where the struggle against colonialism is far from over.
Perhaps we need to remind ourselves that the worst aspect of colonialism was the colonisation of the mind. Franz Fanon was adept at making this very point. It is as true today as it was in the heyday of political colonialism.
The legacy is particularly evident in West Indies cricket.
A quick perusal of the leadership of the Cricket Associations in the Caribbean as well as their respective LOC leaders will confirm the extent to which social class has been of considerable importance to the fraternity.
Even the Governments did not get it right. They too capitulated to the class bias of the sport and played along, ignoring for the most part the complaints of the masses.
SVG Cricket Legacies
Now that the Cricket World Cup has ended we here in St Vincent and the Grenadines now have to face up to maintaining our legacies.
To begin with, there is nothing in the realm of sport that even so much as looms on the horizon that will require the services of the so-called volunteer corps that has been trained. We may well find that the personnel are then utilised as liaison officers for Government functions more than for sport, in the short to medium term, if they are to be kept as a corps.