Newly re-elected president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has admitted that the past few months have been “difficult”, in the wake of the West Indies players’ pull out of the India last October, and a subsequent US$42 million lawsuit that the Indian cricket board had threatened to file against the WICB.
“. . . Prior to that, I think we were really sailing smoothly, and it would have really been an extremely good year and good term in office,” said Cameron, shortly after his defeat of West Indies fast bowling great, Barbadian Joel Garner, during the WICB’s annual general meeting at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston yesterday.
The Jamaican businessman, who has overseen the affairs of the WICB for the past two years, said he was both delighted and humbled to have been re-elected to head the regional cricket governing body.
Cameron won by eight votes to four, the same as reigning vice-president, Dominican Ambassador Emmanuel Nanthan, who overcame the challenge of Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board director Baldath Mahabir.
“I am particularly humbled at this point that the members and the shareholders have decided to re-elect me,” said Cameron.
“It’s been a difficult past couple of months, as prior to that, I think we were really sailing smoothly, and it would have really been an extremely good year and good term in office.
“But every time there is a challenge, there is an opportunity, and we have used the situation in India as an opportunity.
“The opportunity we see coming out of all of this is that we are going to use it to make West Indies cricket better,” he added.
The India debacle, which came at the height of a pay dispute between the West Indies players, their association and the WICB, was followed with a controversial social media retweet by Cameron of a negative fan comment about leading West Indies batsman Chris Gayle two weeks ago.
These incidents, however, seemed to have mattered little in the opinions of the 12 eligible voting WICB board members, who openly supported Cameron.
It is understood that, as per notifications prior to and after the close of nominations, the cricket boards of Guyana, the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, and Jamaica cast their two votes in favour of Cameron.
Garner, head of the Barbados Cricket Association, in the meantime, received his quota of votes from Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.
“I feel very flattered and humbled that the shareholders continue to place trust and confidence in Dave Cameron and myself,” said Nanthan.
“This whole thing is much bigger than us. It is about our Caribbean civilisation, and we want to continue to do the work and do whatever needs to be done.”
The 44-year-old Cameron who, prior to the polls, cited helping to professionalise the game in the region as well as the mending of relations with the West Indies Players Association as among his key achievements, said his immediate task was to look at the “continued governance challenges”. A meeting has already been scheduled with Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, the chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket.
“I am scheduled to go and meet with Prime Minister Mitchell next week, and we are going to sit down and talk about the continued governance challenges. But the very, very first out of the box is to start putting out the information and even some of the reports that were tabled here [during the meeting]. (As) from today, we really need to start communicating more to our public,” he added. (Jamaica Gleaner/KJ)