Recently, I read a book about the maiden voyage of the Titanic. On the ill-fated night that the Titanic sank, it received five clear warnings from other ships about icebergs in the area. The overconfident captain who believed that his ship was unsinkable ignored the warnings, refused to change course or take corrective action, and the ship hit an iceberg. You know the rest of the story.
Many a captain has gone down with his ship because he refused to listen to objective feedback and take remedial action. Rejection of such feedback and an unwillingness to be flexible and adaptive often result in great disasters.
Over the years, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was given clear warnings of the great dangers ahead in the Lucky,Gallery Patterson, Wilkin and Caricom reports. These four reports gave similar feedback but in the Caricom report the feedback was more urgent and direct. Like the captain of the Titanic, the leaders of the WICB rejected this feedback, did not take corrective action, and are now headed for a disaster of Titanic proportions.
Sadly, the WICB did not just dismiss the findings in the last report but it did so in a manner that showed gross disrespect for the prime ministers of the region and the eminent persons on the Committee.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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