West Indies cricket in the third umpire's room

Sunday, March 17, 2019

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Next Sunday, the future of West Indies cricket will be decided. It is that time when incumbent president of Cricket West Indies, Whycliffe Cameron will be challenged by Ricky Skerritt, a former West Indies team manager.

Cameron is seeking his fourth term as president, at a time when the team's fortunes are at their lowest since the Caribbean men entered the Test cricket arena in 1925. The rankings and results are there for all to see, just in case there are doubts over the claim.

It is under Cameron's watch that cricket in the region nosedived to the level that it now finds itself. Why then is he running again? What is the incentive that we cannot see?

Skerritt, on the other hand, was not the best manager of the West Indies team, but considering whom he is going up against, he is definitely better suited to try and turn things around.

The 12 delegates of the six territories need to make the right decision in the interest of West Indies cricket. Earlier this month we saw the friendship ball being bowled in respect of the Jamaica Cricket Association, and Billy Heaven being returned as president over Mark Neita, with many of the same faces that have presided over the demise of Jamaica's cricket still voting to return to continue to torture us all.

Interestingly, right after the election, Jamaica's national team lost two matches consecutively. It's as if it were poetic justice.

So if the region's delegates continue to vote because they like someone, over competence, then maybe we should be loyal to other countries until we can knock some sense into the skulls of those enthrusted with fingers to point the game in the right direction.

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