Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Thursday, December 09, 2004  

It is a classic case of transnational corporations playing a backward, undemocratic Third World institution off against itself: the WICB anxious to lay its hands on finances to pay its debts and generally untutored in the ways of international capital; the players, mostly underpaid, living in a materialistic culture and having the knowledge that only a few of their illustrious predecessors ended their playing days with something substantial in hand and eager to make use of their present marketability, were really easy pickings for the two telecommunications giants.

-- Tony Fraser in today's Guardian (not a permalink), doing what no-one has been willing to do thus far in the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players' Association, and shifting the spotlight to England's Cable & Wireless and Ireland's Digicel.

(And, inevitably, David Rudder's lament in "Rally Round the West Indies" comes to mind yet again: "Are we doomed forever to be at somebody's mercy?".)

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