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Holding lambasts `dysfunctional` West Indies Cricket Board for startling decline

Former West Indies' players Andy Roberts (L) Sir Vivian Richards, and Michael Holding (R) pose after being inducted into the International Cricket Hall of Fame during the third test cricket match between the West Indies and England at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St John's February 16, 2009. REUTERS/Philip Brown (ANTIGUA)

Sydney, Dec.14 : Former Test great Michael Holding has slammed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), describing it as `dysfunctional` and `untrustworthy`, and said that the game in the country will keep getting worse if the required changes are not made within the board.

Holding’s comment came in the wake of the report issued by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to the WICB, labeling the governance structure as `antiquated`, `obsolete` and `anachronistic`.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the WICB had refused to accept the claims made by the CARICOM in their report, but, however, accepted that some changes are need to be done.

Anthony Astaphan, who will be used as an advisor to discuss the review by CARICOM’s cricket sub-committee, said that he would look how both the organisations could help in improving the West Indies cricket.

West Indies continued their struggling phase as they slumped to an innings and 212-run defeat against Australia on day three of the first Test in Hobart.

West Indies had last claimed a Test victory in Australia in 1997.