REGION is not ready to host the Cricket World Cup in 2007.
In fact, says CONCACAF chief Austin Jack Warner,
who is also vice-president of FIFA, soccers governing
body, the event could be a communications catastrophe and
we would be better off not hosting it.
we are doing is trying to be mimic men as far as cricket is
concerned, so to say India hosted, South Africa hosted and
we must host too.
we arent ready yet. I know I will get licks like hell
for that, but so what, I will take the licks,
Warner expressed his views while in Barbados for the Digicel
Caribbean Cup Football Finals which ended Thursday, with Jamaica
beat Cuba 1-0 to take the tournament and T&T edging the
host 3-2 for the bronze medals.
didnt come here to attack cricket, but I look back at
cricket and I sometimes wonder if we are still suffering from
the legacy of colonialism, he added.
The Caribbean Football Unions president revealed that
only last Friday, Keith Look Loy, CONCACAFs technical
director, left Port-of-Spain to come to Barbados for the congress
and he landed here, but his luggage was in London.
cant go on. Now what are you telling me? Would all this
be corrected in time for 2007, and if by some miracle, at
what cost? Warner asked.
it would have been better for us to skip 2007 and help to
develop a foundation of footballers through primary and secondary
havent been able to put our house in order in terms
In the last month, every single flight to come to these countries,
almost every one, has been delayed by two hours, sometimes
by a day, he said.
Warner also claimed that his Caribbean Professional Football
League, which he started in the mid-1990s,folded because we
could not depend on the vagaries of the airlines in the region.
He said that while governments should give financial help
to cricket, there were far greater benefits supporting football.
say this not facetiously; I am very serious. Any government
must give to cricket and if they believe that, of course they
have that amount of money that they can dispense with, fine.
But I dont think if you compare cricket and football,
that it is value for money, he said.
is an obligation they have for the sport of cricket. Cricket
is a West Indian thing.
is no Barbadian cricket team at the international level,
any flag is flown at all, you have a West Indian flag for
the Caribbean, but the flag of your country is flown always
on the field of football.