West Indies cricket greats former captain Clive Lloyd and Sir Andy Roberts have added their voices to those supporting Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow who are vying for the presidency and vice-presidency respectively of Cricket West Indies (CWI).
In a release today, Lloyd said the 10-point “Cricket First” plan put forward by Skerritt and Shallow was built on inclusiveness, integrity and development. He said their plan would end the move towards exclusive executive control by the incumbents, president Dave Cameron and vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan.
“With Mr Skerritt’s experience, my personal knowledge of him and his commitment and dedication to West Indies Cricket over the years, I fully endorse his candidacy and firmly believe that with the support of his board, his vision for taking West Indies Cricket forward will bear fruit.
The late former president and West Indies opening batsman Alan Rae whom I admired greatly was a formidable president who worked tirelessly using his own funds to keep West Indies cricket at the top of world cricket. West Indies cricket was his first priority. He was a very well respected West Indian/Jamaican whom I had the greatest honour and pleasure to work with. His commitment and dedication to West Indies cricket was unquestionable and I believe that Mr Skerritt will emulate those qualities,” Lloyd said.
The highly respected Lloyd who forged the great West Indies teams of the late 1970s through the 1980s, also said there was a necessity for fixed terms for those holding the top positions in CWI.
“We need a fixed term period of office for the presidency of three or four years. In America it does not matter how effective or successful you are, you can only serves two terms. By having a rotation policy it inspires other individuals who are suitably qualified to prepare themselves over a period of time and a chance to aspire to attain such high office also the opportunity to project fresh ideas.
West Indies cricket needs a new direction. We have seen the decimation of West Indies cricket over a long period of time especially under this administration much to the humiliation of the Caribbean Diaspora.,” Lloyd asserted.
Sir Andy echoed his former captain’s comments, pointing to the decline of West Indies cricket over the past 25 years.
“In the last five to ten years the administration has declined rapidly. So much confusion with players, past and present and West Indian-born coaches. We need a change at the top, so that is why I’m endorsing Ricky Skerritt and Kishore Shallow as president and vice-president of our cricket. They have assured me that they will work with all relevant stakeholders in the region to make sure they get the best out of the region, so that our cricket can move forward and back to a position of respectability. At the moment it is not there,” the fast bowling great said.
Their endorsement came just over 24 hours after former West Indies captain and batting legend Sir Vivian Richards had also endorsed the pair of Skerritt and Shallow.
The elections are set for this Sunday in Jamaica. (PR)