The 2021 Cricket West Indies (CWI) annual general meeting, which includes the election of a president and vice-president, was adjourned today due, remarkably, to the body’s failure to reach a quorum in its virtual meeting.
The CWI Articles of Association stipulate that nine representatives of full member bodies must be present to constitute a quorum. However, according to the CWI Media, there were no representatives present this morning from the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) nor the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), although they ‘previously authorised their representatives to attend’.
Incumbent CWI president Ricky Skerritt and vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow are being challenged at the polls by Anand Sanasie, honorary secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board, and Calvin Hope, Barbados CWI director, respectively.
“The Articles of Association provide that if there is no quorum within thirty minutes from the time appointed for the meeting,” stated a release from the CWI Media, “it shall stand adjourned to the next business day or to such other time and place as the board of directors may determine, and at the adjourned meeting no other business may be transacted.
“Attempts to reach the representatives from the BCA and GCB were unsuccessful. The meeting was eventually adjourned at 10.50 am.
“The CWI Board of Directors subsequently held an Emergency Board Meeting at midday today, Sunday 28 March 2021, and decided that the AGM will resume on Sunday 11 April 2021 at 10.00 am ECT/9.00am Jamaica Time.”
The election campaign was mired with controversy with Sanasie alleging at one point that he activated an ethical complaint against Skerritt, over a supposed meeting between the CWI president and the Guyana minister of sport.
Last week, Shallow told the media that he expected at least a 9-3 win by his team, whose tagline is ‘#FORWARD ‘WI’ GO’.
Skerritt and Shallow did not get the opportunity to prove it today, thanks to the absence of the two boards aligned with their challengers. Sanasie and Hope chose the theme of ‘Operation RESCUE’ for their own campaign.
Neither group has commented publicly yet on today’s adjourned AGM and the no-show by the GCB and BCA.