Reproduced compliments of the Nation
Published on: 1/12/06.
MANAGING Director and chief executive officer (CEO) of ICC Cricket World
Cup 2007 Inc. Chris Dehring has reminded staff at the headquarters in
Jamaica that "everything (for the event) must be done to world-class
Noting that this year was of crucial importance in ensuring next year's
tournament was "the best Cricket World
Cup ever", he told colleagues at a company retreat last Saturday
that the cricketing world would be watching the Caribbean and depending
on the region to deliver a first-rate event on all fronts, especially
in hosting the 16 competing teams.
"Everything we do – from answering the phones right through
to match-day execution – must be done to world-class standards and
everybody's role is vital," Dehring said.
He was addressing ICC CWC 2007 Inc. employees at
Clifton Mount in the scenic Blue Mountains overlooking the capital Kingston.
The CEO, who spearheaded the West Indies Cricket Board's (WICB) bid to
host the 2007 tournament, urged staff to remember that they were a team
and "to lean on each other".
Dehring urged them to be ready and willing to stretch beyond the call
of duty in this landmark undertaking.
He also counselled them to extend this kind of "team spirit and support"
to the Local Organising Committees (LOCs), "with whom we will be
working closely to deliver a tournament of the highest calibre".
WICB CEO Roger Brathwaite, who attended the retreat for ICC CWC 2007 heads
of department and the ensuing staff gathering, echoed Dehring's sentiments
regarding how important it was for the tournament to be profitable, thereby
securing the future of West Indies cricket.
"West Indies cricket will be in danger without the money from Cricket
World Cup. We are depending on you," he said, speaking candidly about
the WICB's financial plight.