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West Indies Cricket Board embarrassed by Verus International fiasco

Barbados Advocate got fooled too... "The private merchant bank, which operates primarily in New York and Barbados, officially launched the new franchise-based Twenty20 tournament yesterday."

Barbados Advocate got fooled too… “The private merchant bank, which operates primarily in New York and Barbados, officially launched the new franchise-based Twenty20 tournament yesterday.”

Caribbean Premier League forgot to ask “When is a bank not a bank?”

by Googly Spinner

Verus International not a bank in Barbados!

Verus International not a bank in Barbados!

The West Indies Cricket Board just learned a lesson about the word ‘assume’. It’s that old lesson that if I ‘assume’ something it can make an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’. Ass-u-me.

Yes, the Caribbean Premier League was a multi-million dollar deal with a big press announcement, pretty girls, lots of champagne and little cracker things – but somebody didn’t do their homework. Now all involved are more than a little embarrassed by the Barbados Central Bank announcement that the league source of funding and investment, Verus International ‘Merchant Bank’, is not a merchant bank in Barbados.

Verus International is nothing more than a name in a shoebox on a shelf in one of those cozy little offices where a thousand offshore companies operate from a single desk. It is not licensed to operate as a bank in Barbados but even the news media called Verus a “Private Merchant Bank operating in Barbados

That’s Barbados offshore corporations for you and that’s alright so long as everybody knows how things are… except that Verus International claimed they were a merchant bank operating in Barbados. The Versus International website doesn’t say that now, and they replaced their old website with a single page while they pedal faster to remove all the evidence on the internet. The Wayback archives never forget though!

Whether Verus International is licensed to be a Merchant Bank in Barbados might matter or it might not. Not much of the offshore money stays here anyway – Barbados is mostly a transit point for moving funds around, not a final destination.

Or… the lack of a banking license and government oversight and regulations might be important if things go bad.

Not a good beginning for the CPL deal because it shows that the West Indies Cricket Board management doesn’t do their basic homework and due diligence. That fault can make any organisation meat on a stick for the predators who can smell weakness and inexperience from miles away.

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Junior Campbell: Sir Hilary Beckles harming cricket

I’m not sure that I agree with Junior Campbell all the way, but he’s made me stop and think…

“I’m going to go out on a limb here, and suggest that Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Principle of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus has more than a little to do with the difficulties former West Indies cricket team captain and star batsman Chris Gayle is experiencing with the West Indies Cricket Board.

And I will go further. I am suggesting that Professor Beckles, a great lover of West Indies cricket and someone who has done a great deal of good for the game’s development in the Caribbean is also, regrettably, doing the game a considerable amount of harm.

From where I stand, it seems that Sir Hilary and other Caribbean academics, politicians and similar social elites are undermining the very game that they love by their inability or unwillingness to empathise with the persons most critical to West Indies cricket: the players…”

Read the entire article at All Voices: Male bashing in Barbados: Sir Hilary Beckles’ ‘bashment’

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Men of Windies Cricket gone girly?

Windies hire shrink to “Sort issues”

submitted by Puzzled

Is this the end result of the feminization of society and sports? Are the men of the Windies trying to “get in touch with their inner selves”???

I can’t believe what I’m reading. The West Indies have been on a losing treadmill for the last while, but team management thinks that hiring a psychologist to help the cricketers “sort issues” will make a difference to the kind of unbelievable disasters and mistakes we’ve been seeing for far too long.

It’s not about “feelings”. It’s not about “thinking too far ahead” or being worried about the idiocy of two weeks ago. It’s about management, the mix and coaching. It’s about supposed professionals who let their individual egos conflict to the determent of the team as a whole. It’s also about a younger generation who lately have been overdoing it on the parties and late nights. Don’t they realize that people see them out late and know what is going on?

“See any of them heavily drinking within 48 hours of a Test and it doesn’t take a brilliant scholar to know where to put your money. That’s about management, professionalism and discipline, not psychology.”

Windies don’t need a shrink. They need someone to give them each a kick in the backside and bring back the bedtime discipline two days before a Test.

Management needs the shrink – the men need managing.

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Sulaimaan Ukadia of the Al Falah Primary School wins BNB Right Start speech competition

We missed this story back in February and thanks to one of our readers for bringing it to our attention.

Congratulations to Sulaimaan Ukadia. He obviously has some talent and we’ll be waiting to see his efforts in future contests.

Cricket is still king

He was first on stage and, after a clever take on the game of cricket in a speech entitled “Cricket – A game that incites passion”, Sulaimaan Ukadia of the Al Falah Primary School was first in the eyes of the judges at the inaugural Barbados National Bank (BNB) Right Start Primary School Speech Competition. Continue reading

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WICB Exposé: All the West Indies Cricket Board dirt, all the time

WICB: Nepotism, Abuse of Power, Mismanagement, Hypocrisy, Financial Erosion, Dirty Tricks, Corruption

Insider to publish WICB documents

“Which WICB director rang up $712,311.60 in personal expenses on his association’s credit card and is now facing the embarrassment of having that credit card withdrawn with immediate effect?  We will publish an official document tomorrow to answer this question and to provide a long list of these personal expenses (gas stations, restaurants, sports bars, hotels and cricket clubs).”

WICB Exposé “When torchlight shine, cockroach run!”

Thanks to the dozen readers and one special old friend who sent us this email that is making its way around the Caribbean… Continue reading

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Spark of the Day! Trinidad’s future cricket champion

At two years and five months old, Luke strikes terror into the opposition!

Give thanks to Georgia Popplewell and her Flickr collection.

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What happened to the duty-free Cricket World Cup BMWs?

Sweetheart deals and no public auctions to dispose of government BMWs

A few weeks ago The Nation published the above photo of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur apparently about to enter a BMW 4×4. Nice wheels, Owen!

As you will recall, the Arthur/Mottley BLP Government allowed an unknown (read ‘secret’) number of new BMW autos to be imported duty free into Barbados for the Cricket World Cup. After Barbados Free Press raised a fuss and questioned who would end up owning them for cheap, the public was told that no big-wigs would end up with the duty-free autos after CWC. Continue reading

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