Cricket

Henry highlights 4 strategic areas in launching bid for JCA presidency

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, October 10, 2013    

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Milton Henry, one of the candidates for the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) top job, said there are four "strategic areas" that will be targeted if he becomes the next president.

Henry, who officially announced the members of his team at yesterday's launch of his campaign at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston, said his proposed executive is ideally geared to move Jamaica's cricket forward.

"We are focusing on four strategic areas and the first one is the human capital development and that includes development of players,

as well as those who serve the game in technical, managerial and other skill capacities

so they can be brought to international standards.

"Then there is marketing and public relations. There are also venues to improve across the island and this is not just physical, but also turning them into centres of excellence. Finally, and certainly not least, we have to look at membership, the clubs and the parishes and to help with their growth. Those are the key elements we want to look on," he said.

Henry, the first vice-president of the JCA, and CHASE

Fund chief executive officer William 'Billy' Heaven are the confirmed aspirants for local cricket's top spot in the aftermath of president Lyndel Wright's decision not to run for another term.

Henry said that the reception from the various clubs, parishes and associations has left him optimistic ahead of the JCA elections and annual general meeting (AGM), which is due by next month.

"We have a good team that can move the cricket forward. The feedback we are getting is very positive. We are saying to Jamaica that your leadership must come from those who have invested their lives in the cricket and who have a vision to take it forward, and I think this team has the experience," he told the Jamaica Observer.

Yesterday, Henry received endorsement from Major Radcliffe Daley, as well as Wright.

Daley, who will run on Henry's ticket as first vice-president, said he was approached by the other team, but he explained that for him, it was "an easy choice".

"In doing the assessment of both teams, (looking on) those who have served cricket and those who I know have the commitment to it, it really was an easy choice. I've watched them work and these are persons I know who add value," he said.

In an apparent dart-throwing act against the Heaven-led cadre of candidates, Daley continued:

Also set to run on the Henry slate are South West St Ann member of parliament Keith Walford for second vice-president; Nigel Logan for treasurer; Mark Hill for assistant treasurer; Junior Stewart for secretary; and Major Marlon Kennedy for assistant secretary.

-- Sanjay Myers

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