Former CWCC head Brancker lambastes Dehring

Published: Saturday, September 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Trinidad:Former head of the Cricket World Cup committee, Rawl Brancker, has finally broken the silence for his resignation from his post last week.

Brancker blamed the committee's managing director - Chris Dehring, and former West Indies board president Teddy Griffith in his explanation."I would never wish to be in a position where Chris Dehring makes it about you or me, and I must admit that neither was I comfortable to be sitting around the table with Teddy Griffith,"Brancker was quoted as saying,

"because, if you remember, Mr Ken Gordon announced that Teddy was appointed a member of the Cricket World Cup Board after he resigned as president. And given the experience of attempts to remove me, together with the fact that Teddy has presided over West Indies cricket at its worst, I could neither trust or respect his opinions, so considering those factors, I said goodbye."

Brancker accused Dehring of not introducing more transparency in committee goings on. "Let me solemnly state to you that if the transparency, accountability, and the best practice that I insisted upon, on behalf of the Board of Cricket World Cup, are too much for Chris Dehring to live with and some board members cannot see that he should go, then I am gone. I have no place in that company."

Brancker was quite severe in his words for Dehring. "I don't think Chris Dehring is the only person who can now deliver the best World Cup ever,

"I think the people who will do that and the people who have planned to do that are the brilliant local organising committees we have in place.

They have planned a water-tight World Cup and once they execute it in the way it is planned, it will happen and happen well. This marvellous game of cricket and its World Cup are much bigger than any one of us and it is going to happen with or without us."

Dehring was not to petered by the lambasting. "My focus is on the Cricket World Cup and delivering this event, I have worked alongside the International Cricket Council, the Global Cricket Corporation, the West Indies Cricket Board, CARICOM governments and every day I have that constant workload.

I just have to focus on that workload. With 500 days to go I can't spend the day with peripheral issues.

"If I allowed personal things to impact the World Cup then I wouldn't be a very good manager. I just have to remain focused to deliver. I had very healthy relationships with Mr Brancker and the entire board. I don't have any ill will towards anybody."

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