Tony Becca | Cricket needs an overhaul

first_imgOh, for something like India’s Supreme Court. Ever since the West Indies Cricket Board of Control was formed in June 1927, West Indies cricket has been considered the most important thing in the region. It has been said, by numerous people – by politicians, by influential people, and mostly by the man in the street – that cricket is the link between the territories, between the islands, and that it is the force that keeps the West Indian islands and their people together, that binds them all together. It is considered even a greater force of togetherness than the University of the West Indies, which was formed in 1948 by 18 countries in the region for the “higher education” of the people with the “aim of unlocking the potential for the economic and cultural growth”. The West Indies Cricket Board was formed mainly because each island was not strong enough to take on neither England nor Australia and they needed to come together and form one team, to select that team, and in the age of colonialism, that was important. Simply put, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, or British Guiana could not compete in Test cricket. Alone, each was not good enough. To play England as one team, to beat England, the colonial masters, was the ambition of every West Indian, and when the team did beat them, it was everlasting joy all over and outside the West Indies. Cricket, therefore, took on an importance of no ordinary meaning. The cricketers were stars, the administrators were successful and well – respected people in the society, and because of all that, cricket was almost a law unto itself. Anything cricket wanted, from anywhere, and probably regardless of who or what suffered, cricket got, and all because of the wishes of the people. At the height of the West Indies’ success at cricket, people talked about Caribbean unity and the spirit of the Caribbean people. It was, to almost everyone, all for one and one for all. In the days of glory, it did not matter who played on the team, be it nine Barbadians, black or white, or seven Jamaicans, black or white, etcetera, etcetera, or whether a “small islander” was in the team. In today’s disappointing days, however, it matters a great deal who plays – black, white, or Indian – whether, for instance, they are from Barbados or from the Windward Islands, and the team is stripped to the bone each time it is announced, and especially each time it is beaten. Everything seems to have gone wrong in the Caribbean, but nothing has changed, except for the captains, the players, the coaches, and the selectors. Cricket, it is said by many, is still the heart-beat of the Caribbean, and to most of the territories, it still remains so. Why then has cricket continued to be the most important sport in the region, or there about, and yet it is allowed to be used by the few, to be controlled, totally controlled, by one man, or by a few men. True, the president, and the board members are voted into office by members of the fraternity, but for an association that consists of six-member boards, and when only 12 persons, two from each member board, are allowed to cast a vote, something must be wrong, or could be wrong, with such a system. One does not need to be a genius to see what can happen in such a situation. The board members are answerable to no one, and so is the president. If the president, by whatever means, manages to control seven votes, he is in, and he is in for as long as he wants. Whether he does a good job, or whether the people feel that he has done a good job, it does not matter. There is nothing above the board member to which they are answerable. They are a law unto themselves, once they control the limited number of votes. Some time ago, the Jamaica Cricket Association’s executive voted unanimously not to support the West Indies board president’s bid for a second term in office. But he was a Jamaican, and some members of the executive and members of the association saw it as such, and they called a special general meeting at which the association voted overwhelmingly to over-turn the executive committee’s vote. The reason for doing so, it was said, was that the president was a Jamaican. In the final analysis, the law of the land is supposed to protect the people of the land, especially for something as important as cricket to the people of the land. The West Indies, however, is a region in which 12 sovereign countries, with 12 different constitutions, among other things, form six-member boards, and it is simply not so. There is not a single entity to deal with what is supposed to be a common problem for the people, and any attempt to try and solve it by one of the entities that make up West Indies cricket would lead to destruction of that entity. It would lead to all sorts of mayhem, and insularity would show its ugly head. There is something called “CARICOM”, however, but that is nothing more than just a figure head, or something like that. “CARICOM” is a sort of federation. It has tried to act. It has talked a lot, but nothing has ever come from all the talk. And the board knows this, and that is why it virtually ignores anything “CARICOM” tries to do. West Indies cricket needs help, and it needs help quickly. Oh, for something like the Indian Supreme Court. Although it does not sound right, and although it happens in places like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and in Pakistan, where the governments are deeply involved in sports, it is needed in the West Indies, or something like it. West Indies cricket needs something to look after its interest and the interest of the people. In India, cricket is part of the people’s business. Cricket is big. Cricket means money and money means cricket, and the Indian Premier League is based in India. In India, cricket is protected by the laws of the land, and the Supreme Court in India has been called upon to rule on things such as conflict of interest, corruption, and other things in the interest of the people. It has removed men from office, it has stopped men getting into office, and it is now about to rule on the members of the BCCI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, following the board’s refusal to make certain changes to cricket in India as recommended by the Lotha Committee. The Supreme Court of India checked with the International Cricket Council, the ICC, to find out if it would be interfering with cricket in India before it moved to protect cricket in India and the people of India. The ICC said no. The BCCI was not interfering with cricket, not according to its rules, which refer to government interference in sport. In India, cricket is truly for the people of India, and India is looking out for its people. It is time the West Indies, or CARICOM, do something for its people. The West Indies Cricket Board, as big as it is, must be answerable to someone.last_img read more


first_imgLIFFORD’S Adrian Clark helped his 11-a-side soccer team to a silver medal and Shaun Bradley from Letterkenny also won silver in the kayaking as Donegal celebrated the Special Olympics in Athens today.It was another action packed day for Team Ireland at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens with competition in 11 different sports.It was a big day on the athletics front with John McKiernan from Bawnboy, Co Cavan picking up a gold medal in the men’s 100m walk and Amy Quinn from Bray, Co Wicklow winning bronze in the 100m walk. There was a medal win also for the 4x100m relay team – Ciara O’ Loughlin from Inagh, Co Clare, Eileen O’ Loughlin from Rathangan, Co Kildare, Martin Mahood from Bangor, Co Down and Timothy Morahan from Dublin, who led the team to their silver medal win.Ireland’s 11-a-side football team took on Great Britain in a closely contested match The 1-1 result meant that Ireland won a silver medal.Adrian Clarke from Lifford, Co Donegal scored the all-important goal for the Irish team.The men’s 5-a-side final proved to be a heart-stopping affair between Ireland and Cyprus. Ireland took gold when the game after the game went into extra time, penalties and then sudden death. In the women’s basketball final Ireland took on Greece. Ireland won silver in this closely contested final.In aquatics, Sandra Corr from Coolock in Dublin won silver in the 25m freestyle event while Ciara Trait from Kilkenny secured a bronze medal for her efforts.In equestrian, John Loughnane from Ahascragh, Co Galway won gold and Pamela Collins from Kanturk, Co Cork took bronze.In badminton, Adrian Cornwall from Boyle, Co Sligo won gold, while in bowling the women’s team secured a silver medal for their efforts (Deirdre Gannon from Westport, Co Mayo, Deirdre Garvin from Claremorris, Co Mayo, Joyce Haughian from Newry, Co Down and Mary Quigley from Tullow, Co Carlow).In kayaking, Galway man Ruairi O’ Toole won gold in the 200m while team mates Teresa Maguire from Portarlington, Co Laois and Shaun Bradley from Letterkenny, Co Donegal took silver. Celine Mulready from Dublin secured a bronze in her event. In table tennis, Robert Deegan from Ballinteer won bronze, Anne-Marie Talbot from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford won gold and Carole Catling won silver.Team Ireland’s medal tally currently stands at 87 – 27 Gold, 40 Silver and 20 bronze.Team Ireland will be in action once again tomorrow in what will be one of the final days of competition.The closing ceremony on Monday evening will officially mark the end of the Games. Team Ireland will return to a heroes welcome in Dublin Airport early on Monday afternoon.To follow their progress or to leave a message of support please visit can also download a free iPhone app from the Apple iStore which will enable you to track your local athlete while on the go. Team Ireland are proudly supported by eircom.Read more: FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN ATHENS was last modified: July 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:special olympics donegallast_img read more


first_imgTHE HSE investigation into notorious Donegal paedophile Michael Ferry is set to expose shocking loopholes which allowed to go on and abuse more kids despite a previous conviction.The report is due to be completed and will examine how the Gaoth Dobhair man continued to work as a caretaker for an Irish language school and use their premises year-round to prey on other victims.Michael Ferry abused dozens of boys in the area and was eventually convicted of abusing four of them. The abuse continued for five years after his 2002 conviction for child sex abuse against another local man.After sentencing him to 14 years at the Central Criminal Court last summer, Mr Justice Paul Carney said the authorities must have been aware Ferry had a conviction for a similar offence.Justice Minister Alan Shatter asked the Garda Commissioner to investigate if, after the first conviction, gardaí and the HSE had contact with the school management.“I am particularly calling on those in charge of this school to explain how this individual continued to be employed as a caretaker in the school and whether at any time they considered the risk he posed to children,” said Mr Shatter at the time.The Department of Justice said this weekend: “A garda investigation into certain matters including the circumstances surrounding the person’s employment is continuing and we are not in a position to make any further comment pending completion of that investigation.” The HSE said: “We established a review team to assess the response of the HSE /former NWHB services following a referral from An Garda Síochána in 2002 relating to Michael Ferry and the intervening period to July 2011. The report is expected to be completed by March 2012.”Ferry, who lived in a cottage near Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair, was working at Ard Scoil Mhuire in Derrybeg, a former school building used for Irish language courses.The boys were not pupils at the Irish language school but lived locally and were offered drink and cigarettes by Ferry.There are allegations that up to six other men also abused boys in the area and a number have been arrested, questioned and released without charge by an investigation team based in Glenties.Last summer, the directors of Coláiste Cholmcille – who ran the school and others in Dunlewey – said it was “factually incorrect” to say Ferry continued in his role as caretaker after 2002. However local people say he continued to use the premises up until last year.HSE INVESTIGATION INTO EVIL FERRY SET TO EXPOSE SHOCKING LOOPHOLES was last modified: February 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:gaoth dobhair abuseHSE INVESTIGATION INTO EVIL FERRY SET TO EXPOSE SHOCKING LOOPHOLESMichael Ferrylast_img read more


first_imgKevin Cassidy has sensationally claimed that Jim McGuinness’s ‘tunnel vision’ cost Donegal the opportunity to win more All-Irelands.Kevin Cassidy has risked the wrath of Donegal GAA supporters by claiming Jim McGuinness COST Donegal more All-Ireland titles.Cassidy believes some of the decisions McGuinness made and some of the stances he took, ultimately hurt Donegal and cost them the opportunity to win more All-Ireland titles.He accused McGuinness of having tunnel vision and feels the fall-out Rory Gallagher and the departure of Mark McHugh from the squad could’ve been handled a whole lot better. In his Gaelic Life column Cassidy said, “Some will say that surely this must be a strength but, in the modern game, everything cannot always be black and white.“Situations and events will arise and you must show compassion and deal with individuals differently.“Leaving my own situation aside, I feel that the fall-out with Rory Gallagher (former assistant manager) and the loss of Mark McHugh could have been deal with a lot better.“I do feel that decisions and stances he took denied Donegal the opportunity to win one if not two more All Irelands. CASSIDY -“DECISIONS MCGUINNESS MADE COST US MORE ALL-IRELANDS” was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All-IrelandsGAAgaelic lifeJim McGuinnessKevin CassidynewsSportTunnel Visionlast_img read more