Former West Indies fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts

Former West Indies fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts

Former West Indies fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts has labeled the resignation of Grenadian Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, from the Caricom sub-committee on cricket governance as unfortunate.

Mitchell resigned from the post earlier this week after claiming that several regional leaders had publicly undermined positions already agreed to by the body at the heads of government level.

Antiguan Roberts is convinced that the sub-committee will suffer from the loss of the always vocal Mitchell’s passion for the sport.

“He was probably the person who was making the most noise as a prime minister. I think maybe because he played cricket, because he was maybe in the Windward Islands squad at one time, he is showing more interest than the others,” Roberts told the Antigua Observer.

“The other voice that you heard in the earlier stages was Ralph Gonsalves, and you haven’t heard anything from Ralph for almost a year now, so with Keith Mitchell gone I don’t think there is that voice and the force behind it,” he added.

Grenadian Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell

Grenadian Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell

The committee has at several points been critical of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) at one point last year calling for the dissolution of the board following the recommendations of a special report.h fees and captains’ allowances.

The Board meanwhile announced it plans to pump more than half a million United States dollars into the women’s game, a move that will see an increase in player-retainer contracts and fees starting next month.

In a media release, the regional governing body for the sport said it would move the number of player retainer contracts from 11 to 15, and would also augment sponsorship payments, match fees and captains’ allowances.

The increases are set to cost the board US$600,000, an injection of cash which chief executive Michael Muirhead believes will stimulate the women’s game.

The deal was hammered out along with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and, according to the WICB, it will also benefit non-retained players as well.

Former West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds, the current WIPA president and CEO, said the new compensation package for the women is “well deserved”.

“Our women’s senior team has been a solid elite performing group over the last decade. As such, the improvement and security in their compensation package are well deserved,” Hinds said.–