Cameron superbly confident ahead of hotly contested CWI elections

Observer writer

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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PRESIDENT of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Jamaican Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron, who is going up for re-election for a fourth-consecutive term in that position, expressed confidence about his chances of being given another mandate by the region.

Speaking at a town hall meeting held at Kingston Cricket Club at the legendary Sabina Park on Thursday evening, Cameron first sought to explain the purpose of the meeting ahead of tomorrow's elections.

“What we attempted to do here tonight is to show that we are very well supported within the organisation — and this was just a demonstration, not just to Jamaica, but the entire region that everybody has bought into the vision that we presented in 2013, and we are moving forward.

“This is what it was really about. If you notice, the presentation was narrated by the staff at Cricket West Indies and of course, we gave the opportunity to all the directors to share their own experiences of the journey,” said Cameron.

He then stated boldly what the outcome of tomorrow's vote would be when it is held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica.

“At this point, and I think you heard the vice-president say it, we can't lose the election... obviously we would like to hear that Jamaica is in support going forward, but at this point in time we can't lose the election. We have six secured votes, and not just votes, but you see the leadership of those organisations coming out in support of us,” said the incumbent.

By all indications, it appeared that Cameron may not have the support of his home terriroty of Jamaica, a big slap in the face if that vote should go to challenger Ricky Skerritt and his slate.

But for sure, Clive Lloyd, Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Andy Roberts have all come out publicly in support of Cameron's opponent Skerritt in the presidency race, but the Jamaican is undaunted by that. He shrugged off their criticisms, while remaining open to the idea that contending views can exist.

“We will continue to support them. As a matter of fact, we don't take it personal and we believe that they believe that the opposition can provide a different way,” he explained.

“We believe in standards and processes and some of those persons (Lloyd and Richards) we have given opportunities in almost every area of West Indies cricket, except probably being the president, and they haven't delivered the goods except playing on the field,” Cameron charged.

The Jamaican business executive insists that the legends of the game have a role to play and will continue to serve in capacities that his board believes they are capable of, once he is retuned as president.

“We use them as ambassadors. They were just ambassadors for the Women's World T20 and any opportunities like that we will use them, but we don't take much credence from what their views are in respect to administration, but we respect them.

“The reason why we are West Indies Cricket is because of them, so we respect them. We are not thinking too much about that and at the end of the election come next week; we will treat with that going forward,” he said.

Cameron was given a ringing endorsement by his vice-president and running mate, Emmanuel Nanthan.

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