WICB President To Visit Guyana

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Guyana Times
Avenash Ramzan

Newly elected president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, is expected to visit Guyana next week to hold discussions with key stakeholders on the way forward for the game here.

The 42-year-old, who defeated the incumbent Dr Julian Hunte 7-5 at the March 27 elections, made the disclosure during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport via a telephone link-up from his home in Jamaica on Thursday.

Questioned on what his plan is to ensure a speedy resolution to the situation that currently exists in Guyana, Cameron said he intends to address the issue “in the best way possible.” The Guyana Cricket Board and the Government of Guyana (GoG) have been locked in an impasse ever since the establishment of the GoG Interim Management Committee in December 2011.

 “I know there are issues in Guyana and we plan to address them in the best way possible. I will be in Guyana next week and top of the agenda is the discussion on going forward,” he said.

The WICB has openly endorsed the Guyana Cricket Board, although an Interim Management Committee (IMC), headed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, was set up to oversee the administration of the game.

Apart from helping to solve the Guyana situation, Cameron said he will also be looking to tackle the various “concerns” raised by stakeholders/territorial boards during his travels across the region prior to the election.

Asked what some of those “concerns” are, Cameron said, “The way the public views us as an ‘old boys club’ so to speak; that we have not been responsive…the governance issue. Those were some of the concerns. The fact that we have not been successful in all formats of the game…you know, the general concerns.

WICB-WIPA relations

On the other hand, mending the fractured relationship between the WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) is also a priority of the Cameron administration in the coming months.

I have met with the WIPA president [Wavell Hinds] informally and we’ve discussed a number of issues which I would now take to my board and management before any announcement is made,” the new president said.

In an article first published on www.windiescricket.com, Cameron, who previously served as vice president to Dr. Hunte, said that following planned meetings with his board, he would channel his energies towards restoring WIPA’s faith in the regional body.

The plan is to have a couple of workshops that will try and get my directors into, I believe, the new way of thinking of how businesses are run and the fact that we need partnerships rather than the WICB secretariat in Antigua trying to accomplish everything so that would be my major task at this point.

Additionally, we really want to start having a serious agreement with our players and in that stead I have actually moved ahead and have had a discussion with Wavell Hinds, the president (of WIPA) and I think we are on the right path. I hope it is the turning point for less contentious arrangements,” he said.

Cameron added, “So the idea is trying to forge a relationship and in this period where the contracts have been terminated, is to give our players some assurance that we will not be doing anything in duress to their situation. We want to have a partnership with our players and that’s what we are looking at.

The Jamaican said also that sub-regional boards would have their part to play in the overall development of the game and its young players.

At the end of it all, Cameron said his goal is to make West Indies the brand that all stakeholders will be happy and proud of.

I want to thank the people of Guyana and the people of the region for supporting me. I have gotten support from different corners, government ministers etc., and I look forward for their continued support as we try to make West Indies cricket the brand of the region we’re happy with and proud to be part of.

His running mate Emmanuel Nanthan, the Windward Islands Cricket Board chief, took the post of vice president after beating Barbados Cricket Association president Joel Garner, 8-4.