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Lara on three-man CWI committee to conduct “comprehensive review” of WI’s T20 exit

West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara will sit on a three-man committee mandated to “conduct a comprehensive review” of the West Indies’ humiliating group stage exit from the recent ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced today that its: “ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Review Group will undertake a holistic assessment of all aspects of the team’s preparation and performance at the global tournament.”

West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara waves to fans during the Wimbledon tournament in London on 26 June 2010.
(Copyright AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

The committee will be chaired by Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court judge Patrick Thompson Jr and includes South African cricket coach Mickey Arthur.

The CWI did not reveal a timeframe for the committee’s work. However, the regional cricket board noted that the “independent professionals” assigned to the task will “submit a report to the CWI Board of Directors, with relevant insight and clear recommendations”.

The review will supposedly be used to “establish a process and template for future performance reviews”.

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CWI president Ricky Skerritt said his organisation is “fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and totally independent panel agree to serve West Indies Cricket under challenging circumstances”.

“It is vital that players, coaches, administrators, and all of us who love West Indies cricket,” Skerritt told the CWI Media, “recognise that creating a sustainable learning culture, throughout the organisation, is a prerequisite for player growth and team improvement.

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“Emotion-based and knee-jerk type decisions have failed CWI repeatedly in the past. I am confident that this independent World Cup review process will produce findings and learnings that should be of great benefit to our cricket system going forward.”

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  1. What’s new CWI , moreso President Skeritt? The past has ben too long for you to now say the efforts have been failure only.
    As we proceed, how can we be expected to have confidence in this latest move by a three- man Committee?

  2. I confess to being a great admirer of Brian Lara’s batting. I, however, fail to see what qualifies him to be on this oh-so-important committee.
    Highly recommended by influential people, he was prematurely rushed up to the West Indies captaincy. He left it without having distinguished himself in the post–after three stints!
    He has now been promoted to the position of head coach of an IPL team. The jury that will adjudicate on his performance in that new role is still being assembled.
    So what, pray, recommends him for a position on this very important, very influential committee? Almost 12,000 Test runs? Does that mean that if he stands down, Shivnarine Chanderpaul gets the call-up?
    It seems to me Skerritt and co. missed a trick by not appointing DR Rowley or, alternatively, the other doctor he named in his recent FB post, Dr Mitchell.
    And BCL himself missed a trick by not telling them so publicly.
    I, for one, expect nothing useful to come of this exercise in futility, which is how, methinks, it was conceived. Another band aid on the bullet wounds from an AR 15!