From left: President of Cricket West Indies, Ricky Skerritt, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, Vice President of Cricket West Indies, Kishore Shallow, and former West Indies wicketkeeper, selector and SVG Sports Ambassador, Mike after their Aug. 15 meeting. (Photo: Office of the Prime Minister/Facebook)

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that his government wants to invest more money in local cricket.

He told a press conference in Kingstown last week Tuesday that he met recently with President of West Indies Cricket Ricky Skerritt and Vice-president Kishore Shallow along with Mike Findlay, an advisor to the board.

“We had a long discussion and the discussion I had was both as chairman of the prime ministerial sub-committee for cricket in CARICOM and as prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; also as a cricket lover.

“And I want us to put some more money into cricket. The government itself, coordinated from the primary school, grassroots level going up, and I also want, as I discussed with them, a continuing programme for persons who have done well at certain levels, like, for instance, we have several under-19 people who do very well.

“Sometimes, they even take them to the high performance centre when they have that and then they leave then on their own.

“There has to be a continuous programme so that nobody lapses. In professional sport, you watch the way just simply the top cricketers how fit they are:  Australia, England, New Zealand, India.

“India, which used to have a reputation not for fitness; different story now.

“Some of our bowlers bowl a first spell of four overs, when they come back for another spell, after one over, they start to blow.

“It is a complicated business but we have to get it…”

Gonsalves said he knows that footballers are saying that they work in that area too and he is hoping that with the president of the football federation, Marvin Fraser, that the government and the football federation can do some things together.

The prime minister reiterated that his government has ring-fenced $4 million to do a track with a football field on the inside at Diamond.

“And I will make a report to CARICOM about our discussion. But they are doing a lot of reforms and they have a number of committees so I am going to see if I get a slot for them at the intercessional head in February to report,” Gonsalves said.

17 replies on “Gonsalves wants to put more money into cricket”

  1. When Ralph and his ULP party done using states fund do all can of thing the poor people in SVG cann’t live in SVG

  2. Ring fenced 4 million from where? Gadhafi already gave us in loan and gift of more than 15 million [wasn’t this US dollars] which has disappeared without a trace. That money was for a stadium, track, football pitch and much more, no stadium and now the promise of a pre-election track and soccer field.

    Please tell the people where the 4 million is coming from, and where the money went for the original project, and perhaps whilst you are doing that, also tell us where the money went for the Cross Country Road.

    If the CDB had been funding these projects we would not need to be asking these questions.

    I sometimes wonder if the need to stay in power forever is in anyway connected to these kind of events.

  3. Dear Mr Chance cannot you ask these questions of the PM, where did the money go for these projects? I know he hates it when you ask these kind of questions, but please, only you are in the position to do so.

    NDP leadership please ask him the questions in Parliament, and in public, perhaps join with Mr Chance in doing this. A kind of joint effort.

  4. Stupid comment….what do vincy have to produce money for it self….the man trying to make vincy better……pick sense before y’all talk….

    1. Javea, I am not sure if I am addressing a paid dynasty protector or a total idiot, I suspect both.

      Or don’t you understand they had the money already donated and it disappeared. The question is where did the disappeared money go. Is that question so difficult to understand.

      Now a different $4 million is coming from somewhere, but what happened to the $15 million?

  5. That money could and should be spent on Football. Most of the youths are involved in that sport. It is also another way of keeping the youths out of trouble by helping them to be active and keep out of the ganja/marijuana league.

    1. Skeckpalmer, he will never give the money to football because he doesn’t like Nice Radios involvement, who he actually dislikes along with his cousin the owner. So because of the pea-brained overview by him the whole nation must suffer his childish and spiteful stupidity.

    2. The Ralph Gonsalves phone club, a secret event that brings lightness to darkness. She will be coming round the mountain when he comes.

      She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes, (when she comes). She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes, (when she comes). She’ll be coming ’round the mountain, she’ll be coming ’round the mountain , She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes. (when she comes).

      [The same structure is repeated with the following verses]

      She’ll be drivin’ six white horses when she comes, etc.

      Oh we’ll all come out to meet her when she comes, etc.

      We will kill the old red rooster when she comes, etc.

      We’ll be havin’ chicken and dumplings when she comes, etc.

      We’ll all be shoutin’ “Halleluja” when she comes, etc.

      Contrast this to the original lyrics of When the Chariot Comes:

      O, who will drive the chariot When she comes? O, who will drive the chariot When she comes? O, who will drive the chariot, O, who will drive the chariot, O, who will drive the chariot When she comes?

      King Jesus, he’ll be driver when she comes, When she comes . . . .

      She’ll be loaded with bright Angels When she comes . . . .

      She will neither rock nor totter, When she comes . . . .

      She will run so level and steady, When she comes . . . .

      She will take us to the portals, When she comes . . . .

  6. Augustus Carr says:

    Don’t just put money into cricket but youth development on a whole. What about putting more money into the Cadet Force and giving the other youth organizations like Girl Guide and Boy Scouts a subvention? More focus needs to be on the young people.

    Based on this year’s carnival photos, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have a very young population. How are we going to develop and utilize these young people so they do not slip into a life of crime. What is our strategy for the young people?

    1. I agree with you very much Augustus, maybe put more into education as well. Look at the comments from some of the people on this site. They may be good comments but I cannot understand them because to many were not taught to write properly. It is not thier fault. the Education Revolution did not do what we thought it was supposed to do.
      What about those that are already athletes but not in cricket. Linda McDowell wins so much for us but she is poor and cannot afford a pot to piss in, let alone recieve some funds for her dedication for SVG Sports.

      1. Jamal, here is what you wrote with spelling mistakes and bad grammar and punctuation. You are not the full ticket Sir, give it a rest, please.

        Here is what you wrote

        “I agree with you very much Augustus, maybe put more into education as well. Look at the comments from some of the people on this site. They may be good comments but I cannot understand them because to many were not taught to write properly. It is not thier fault. the Education Revolution did not do what we thought it was supposed to do.
        What about those that are already athletes but not in cricket. Linda McDowell wins so much for us but she is poor and cannot afford a pot to piss in, let alone recieve some funds for her dedication for SVG Sports.

        Here it is with corrections

        “I agree with you very much Augustus, maybe put more into education as well.

        Look at the comments from some of the people on this site. They may be good comments, but I cannot understand them because many were not taught to write properly. It is not their fault. The Education Revolution did not do what we thought it was supposed to do.

        What about those that are already athletes but not in cricket. Linda McDowell wins so much for us, but she is poor and cannot afford a pot to urinate in, let alone receive some funds for her dedication for SVG Sports.

  7. Good Jolly. All of us make at least a few mistakes. I often re-read and find spelling errors, which is often my keypad, (such as when I write “too”, and it instead writes “to”) or these automatic spelling programs that put the wrong word although I type the correct word. My point is not that all should write or spell perfectly. My point is that what someone writes should be something that nearly all English-speaking people can understand, By the way, I did not mean your writing or most others, only some people that unfortunately did not get the education that Ralph promised them.

  8. Jolly you are far from being the grammarian police on this site for obvious reasons that i have seen in your own writings . Sometimes when I write an articles the cell phone has its own vocabulary and grammar. This results an automatic default in a prose that was never intended. So don’t chastise a person for a word that is not in its correct contect. It may not be a sign of a failure of the education revolution or incidents of malaproprism.

  9. This is so funny. I was about to lose my patience with Jolly’s comments about Jamal. However, upon closer examination of Jamal’s views, I really have to agree with Jolly. If someone is going to be critical of others, that individual has implied having a higher standard than the rest. Unfortunately JAMAL DID NOT demonstrate having this higher standard. Sorry Jolly.

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