THE board members of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) are scheduled to meet tomorrow and discuss, among other things, whether they will be supporting their compatriot Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron to be the next president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Cameron, a vice-president since 2007, is gearing up to battle incumbent Dr Julian Hunte at the WICB elections set for March 27 and already it seems a done deal that the Jamaican will have his country's backing.
"He (Cameron) has advised he will be challenging and we will have a board meeting on Tuesday and discuss and get feedback from the members. I do get the impression that the JCA in general is willing to support Dave, but after that meeting we will take a formal position," said JCA honorary secretary Fritz Harris on Saturday.
There had been previous reports that Hunte, 72, planned to hand over the reins to his understudy, but information reaching the Jamaica Observer is that the St Lucian head honcho had a change of heart and tried to negotiate an arrangement allowing him to remain as president before stepping down in two years.
A relaxed-looking Cameron made it clear he is not about to delay his move for the top spot when the Observer caught up with him at last week's launch of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Barbados.
"I am running for the West Indies Cricket Board presidency and I believe that I have the (support of) majority of the directors of the board to be the next president," said the 42-year-old.
With nominations set to close on February 22, West Indies legend Clive Lloyd has also been reported as being interested in running.
However, a source close to the WICB told this newspaper that it is "highly unlikely that any territorial board will nominate Lloyd", given the former regional captain's role in the controversial impasse involving the Guyana Cricket Board.
Hunte, who has served three terms as president, is also unlikely to find many friends among the Jamaican board after being at the helm during a period of strained relations between the regional body and the JCA.
Interestingly, Cameron, Hunte and Lloyd were all present during the colourful CPL inauguration at the upscale Sandy Lane Country Club.