WICB should close shop
The LOCs across the region introduced a number of intense restrictions on our cricket lovers and without exception hid behind the ICC as the one to whom blame should be apportioned.
The reality is much different.
Former West Indies cricket captain, Sir Viv Richards, appealed to the authorities insisting that by the application of so many restrictions they would run contrary to the behavioural norms of our peoples at international cricket matches, but no one seemed eager to listen.
Others also came out very early and appealed for good sense to prevail but again no one wanted to listen.
Here at home we had members of our LOC seeking to explain to the public that this is how it is done in the international arena, an arena in which they never had any organisational experience but about which they claimed sudden knowledge and authority. Representatives of our LOC were quick to defend the harsh restrictions. They turned their backs on years of history of the sport in our region and the way in which we have come to celebrate the sport.
The security took away the school children’s box juices and dumped them in the garbage bins and felt that they were somehow justified.
We had so many restrictions that we tied up ourselves beyond belief.
Interestingly here at home the average man in the street may well have heard more about the restrictions put in place for our goat cook matches than about the players who were coming. The LOC generated absolutely no excitement about the matches being played here. Instead they turned off the vast majority of our sports lovers by their seemingly heavy handed restrictions. They may well have engaged more in Restrictions Management as opposed to Sports Marketing and Sports Management.
Among the LOCs were too many inexperienced personnel. Too many of them were political appointees. Too many of them were not exposed to any sort of planning and/or involvement in the preparatory exercise for major international sporting events of this nature. Too many of them were too embarrassed to seek out assistance and/or advice from those at home in each of the territories who had such experience. Too many of them were fearful of the ICC.
Too many of them did not know any better and so could not muster any sort of challenge to the ICC or the WICB. Too many of the weaklings on the LOCs were too busy enjoying their new-found status that they simply did not bother themselves to preserve our otherwise treasured culture.
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