Antigua Town-hall meeting on this Friday

St. John’s, Antigua — Cricket stakeholders in Antigua will have a chance to be up close and personal with President of the WICB Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron and Vice President Emmanuel Nanthan this Friday.

The WICB leadership has been engaging stakeholders through a series of town-hall meetings around the region since May this year.

This latest town-hall meeting will be held at the Multi-Purpose Centre in Perry’s Bay from 6 to 8 p.m.

“This will be an extra-special town-hall meeting, considering that it will be staged in the home base of the WICB,” said Cameron. “We know Antiguans are passionate about the game and we urge them to come out and share their thoughts.

“Throughout the series of town-hall meetings, we have received a great deal of valuable feedback and we will continue to take into consideration all the views with the overall aim of being efficient and effective as we seek to spur the re-investment in the sport that we all love so much in the Caribbean.”

Fans will get their chance to ask questions and make comments about the sport and how the region can merge its efforts to make the cricket industry more viable than it has been.

“We want to emphasize that the region’s cricket requires all of its partners to work together in a coordinated approach to make the product develop and grow,” said Cameron.

“We’re enthusiastic about continuing to use these sessions to listen to concerns and share information about where West Indies cricket is now, our strategic goals for the future and how the fans can impact upon the way we progress.”

The questions, typical of town-hall meetings, were wide-ranging, but the audiences have identified key issues like:

  • The overexposure of young players to the Twenty20 version of the game,
  • The operation of the WICB Professional Cricket League,
  • The role of regional governments in ensuring that cricket is taught in schools, and
  • Team bonding and building for on and off the field performance.

Other issues of selection, governance, marketing, player relations, player development and pitch preparation have also been discussed.

The WICB has so far met with stakeholders in Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Guyana and Jamaica.

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