Ramnarine in court: Players own WIPMACOL
The ongoing trial between the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over the use of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding (CBA/MOU) between the Board and the players continues today in the High Court with Justice Ricky Rahim presiding.
For the majority of the first two days of the trial, former WIPA CEO Dinanath Ramnarine was cross-examined by WICB senior council Christopher Hamel-Smith, SC.
On the second day on Tuesday, Hamel-Smith raised questions about who owns shares in the West Indies Player Management Company Limited (WIPMACOL).
In response, Ramnarine said he was not in a position to give a fair account.
WIPA's lead council Dave Kissoon and Ramnarine objected to the line of questioning, describing it as unfair, given that WIPMACOL was not represented by its attorneys, and that it was not related to the substantive issue of the case.
Ramnarine, who is currently a director of WIPMACOL, explained that former WICB CEO Ernest Hillaire was an instrumental figure in setting up WIPMACOL.
Ramnarine subsequently answered the question, stating that the West Indies players are the owners and shareholders of WIPAMACOL.
Former WICB corporate secretary Anthony Deyal was also called to the witness stand on Tuesday, and will return to the court today when the trial resumes.