Skerritt says he is not bitter with Cameron

BY HG HELPS
Editor-at-Large
helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, March 31, 2019

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Ricky Skerritt has no bitterness towards Whycliffe Cameron, the man he defeated last Sunday to become president of Cricket West Indies.

Skerritt, who sat with the Jamaica Observer after his victory at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew, said that although some of the utterances coming from Cameron were not complimentary, he harboured no hard feelings and is fully focused on the task ahead of improving West Indies cricket.

“Those people who know me know, that I am not capable of bitterness. I believe in the Almighty and I believe that things happen for a reason and God wants certain things to happen and you have to see the signs and you can only do what you do and you can only control what you control,” Skerritt said.

“The rest of it is in the hands of the Almighty and in the hands of other people who may have their own particular agenda.”

Kittitian Skerritt said he had been a servant of cricket all his life, describing himself too as a lover of cricket all his life and declared that anybody who is doing anything positive for cricket, whether it's commercial, technical or administrative he would be open to facilitate or to work with.

“Cameron is somebody who over the last couple of years has virtually ignored me as somebody who exists. This is history and I really don't want to talk about it a lot but one of the issues is that his administration had a zero tolerance for opposition … zero tolerance for challenge,” the Caribbean Rhodes Scholar stated.

“I was somebody who they saw as challenging them and eventually I made a decision, well, look if all I am doing is challenging and getting nowhere and I believe strongly in certain things, then I need to take the plunge, because we cannot have him or his administration re-elected unopposed again.

“So when I started this process it wasn't just about winning. It became about winning for a certain period and we have now won. But it was about challenging the status quo and coming up with new and improved ways to move West Indies cricket forward and we were able to lift that discussion across the region.

“That was more important to me than winning, but I knew that if we didn't win, that discussion would have come to nothing, because the administration was bending a little in certain areas towards the end of the campaign because they were backing off on certain things that I had been aggressive with. They were denying the executive role, they were denying that they had closed down the High Performance Centre and so on, they were backing off certain things. But I knew that that was only for a while and that would continue if we didn't win, therefore winning became a major objective for me.

“Now that we have achieved the victory, the objectives are to improve Cricket West Indies and to deliver better results for cricket,” the former West Indies team manager suggested.


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