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Will West Indies listen to the 2022 independent report?
How many reports have gathered dust in West Indies cricket - will Justice Thompson's be another one?
When outgoing CWI President Ricky Skerritt commissioned an independent report into the 2022 T20 World Cup debacle many wondered if it could lead to meaningful change.
If one thing has been synonymous with West Indies cricket in the last 15-20 years it’s the number of independent reports that have been hugely critical of the way things operate but then gather dust.
From the Patterson report to the Lucky report to the recent Wehby report on governance, anything that has ever demanded meaningful change in West Indies cricket has been stonewalled by the ‘good ol’ boys’.
I have no doubt that Ricky Skerritt, incoming President Dr Kishore Shallow, Johnny Grave and Jimmy Adams genuinely want to improve all structures of West indies cricket but there is only so much they can do if others around the region aren’t willing to play ball.
More recently Justice Patrick Thompson, Brian Lara and Micky Arthur carried out a comprehensive review of the 2022 T20 World Cup that involved consultations with 12 of the 15 members of the World Cup squad and an exhaustive range of stakeholders around and outside the team.
The consequence was a report that carried 34 recommendations to improve the short/medium/long term prospects of West Indies cricket on the field.
You can read the executive summary of the report here
Decide for yourself if anything has really been done since the report was published in January 2023 to suggest anything meaningful is going to change?
Following the publishing of the report we invited Justice Thompson on to the Caribbean Cricket Podcast to talk in depth about the report and determine what really needs to happen next.
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