Cricket West Indies (CWI) vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow does not expect the recent Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) elections to affect the candidacy of former GCB secretary Anand Sanasie, as independent candidates are allowed to run for the post of the presidency.
On Monday, the GCB elected Guyana businessman Bissoondyal Singh to the post of president of the association, with Rabindranauth Saywack and Hilbert Foster set to serve as vice-presidents and Ronald Williams named secretary.
Sanasie is part of a two-man slate set to challenge incumbent vice CWI president Ricky Skerritt, with Barbados’ Calvin Hope set to challenge Shallow for the vice-presidency. Following the election, however, Sanasie would no longer be a member of the board, and as such speculation arose regarding the future of the challenge. Shallow, however, expects Sanasie to be on the slate when the election takes place on April 11.
“Independent persons can be nominated for the post of president and vice-president, so he is not automatically disqualified,” Shallow explained.
“You don’t have to be a voting member or a shareholder to be eligible to be a candidate and that means both his and the nomination of his running mate would stand at this point,” he added.
The CWI elections were scheduled to be held last Sunday but were postponed after a quorum could not be reached, following the absence of representatives from Guyana and Barbados.
Regarding the election of Singh on Monday to the GCB presidency, after being postponed last month due to a number of contentious issues raised by the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB), the election process conducted by recently appointed cricket ombudsman Kamal Ramkarran, reportedly went off without a hitch.
In addition to the election of Saywack, Foster and Williams, former West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was named as the Chairman of the Senior Selectors, with current Cricket West Indies chief of selectors Roger Harper, also offered a position as a technocrat member with voting rights at executive meetings.
The CWI elections have been re-set for April 11 but could now take on an entirely different context following the GCB elections. Sanasie previously held the post of general secretary but has through his attorney questioned both the legality of appointing the Ombudsman and the elections themselves. (SportsMax)