Former Vice President of the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA), Ronnie Allard has called on the executive membership of the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) to resign and for the holding of fresh elections.
Allard is upset with what he said was a decision of the association to replace the annual 2-day parish competition to a limited over contest.
“The fact that the (GCA) stop having the two days Cricket and are now having limited overs (1-day) cricket, we would not be able to produce test players again”, he said.
“…It is on that basis that I am asking them to resign and call fresh elections – they are not doing the things that they should do in my opinion”, he added.
In a recent interview with the THE NEW TODAY newspaper, Allard stated that it was the two-day inter-parish competition that produced test players like left-handed West Indies opener, Devon Smith, former West Indies wicketkeeper batsman, Junior Murray as well as former Grenada and Windward Islands captain and West Indies all-rounder Rawle Lewis, as well as one-day specialist Andrew Fletcher, and fast bowler Nellon Pascal, who represented West Indies in Test and One Day Internationals.
The former GCA executive member also expressed his disagreement with the recommendations of the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Committee on the Governance of West Indies Cricket to dissolve the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
“I do not support the committee that is calling for the dissolution of the WICB. The West Indies cricketers have made history – they won the female T20 and the men T20 – so if they create history why they should resign? Allard questioned.
He suggested that the best approach is that when elections are held that the respective board members are voted out of office.
“…If they want to vote them out, vote them out”, he remarked.
According to Allard the current GCA President, Dwain Gill is a member of the West Indies Cricket Board and was involved in the committee that recommended the dissolution of the board.
“So why don’t he (Gill) resign first? He (is) still on it (WICB Board)”, he said.
Allard, who has been involved in the GCA for 24 years, was employed by the Ministry of Sports as Coordinator of a number of Playing fields in St. David, St. George and St. Andrew.