October 20, 2020

WICB rejects call for forensic audit

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wicb_logoFrom Caribbean News Now

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The Cricket Board () said it has taken note of the repeated “calls to conduct a forensic audit of the Board in order to save West Indies cricket from absolute and total downfall” made by former officials of the WICB.

This call for a forensic audit was recently published by ESPNcricinfo on September 8, 2016. The WICB said it has been advised there are similar publications by the former officials.

“These calls for a forensic audit by the former officials are without any basis in fact, and importantly, notwithstanding, that these former officials are aware that the WICB has for many years retained internal and external auditors,” the WICB said in a statement.

According to the WICB, the board’s internal and external audits are done and authorised by Price Waterhouse and respectively, and accounts are published by or available from the WICB on all its platforms, including the website where the reports are available.

“These allegations appear triggered not by fact or evidence but an emotional reaction to the WICB’s response to the sub committee’s report and other matters. These officials have completely ignored the written responses of the WICB,” the WICB noted.

The board said it has been advised that in a number of instances the call for a forensic audit carries the suggestion of wrong doing and misappropriation of WICB funds by present members of the WICB.

“Additionally, it suggests the auditors are either incompetent or complicit. These allegations are completely false, and seriously damaging to the reputation of the WICB, its members, and auditors,” the WICB said.

The WICB said it has therefore decided that these are serious allegations and has referred the matter to senior counsel, Anthony Astaphan of Dominica, for his advice and recommendations.

For more on this story go to: http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/sport-WICB-rejects-call-for-forensic-audit-31800.html

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