28 June – St John’s, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Women’s Cricket Federation (WIWCF) are moving ahead with plans to come
together in time for the March 2005 deadline agreed upon by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the International Women’s Cricket Council (IWCC) for merging the cricket organisations.

WIWCF representative Ms Anne Browne-John made a presentation on the merger to the directors of the WICB at their meeting in Georgetown, Guyana on Saturday 19 June. The 30-year old WIWCF is a full member of the IWCC and an Associate Member of the WICB. The West Indies team has qualified for the IWCC World Cup to be staged in South Africa in 2005.

Ms Browne-John said the two West Indian organisations had agreed to move forward on the basis of a Business Plan that, among other things, is expected to present options for the integration as well as analyse the financial, legal, operational and ownership implications for both
organizations. It is expected that the Plan would have input from a wide range of stakeholders in the game.

The WIWCF representative said the Federation was aware that the unification would call for great compromise and commitment from both parties at all levels but believed it would be to the benefit of the sport.

Contact:

Leonard Robertson
Corporate Communications Manager
West Indies Cricket Board Inc
Tel:268 481 3451
Mobile:268 464 8045
Fax:268 481 2498
lrobertson@windiescricket.com
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