West Indies news March 30, 2017

Cameron re-elected as WICB president for third term


Dave Cameron (left) ran unopposed for the position of WICB president © WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks

Dave Cameron has been re-elected for a third consecutive two-year term as WICB president. Cameron was the lone nominee for the position, and received 12 votes at the WICB Annual General Meeting on March 26 in Barbados. Emmanuel Nanthan, WICB's vice-president for the last four years, was also set to be re-elected for a third consecutive stint in the position.

Despite being an imposing figure within the WICB, Cameron has not been a popular administrator in the West Indies. Throughout his tenure, Cameron's policies and decisions have been criticised by many former cricketers as well as by fans. The absence of any opposition on the WICB board has been the main reason Cameron has managed to continue as the head of the WICB.

Nonetheless some on the WICB board remain sceptical of Cameron. One director, who has been part of the WICB board and observed Cameron closely, felt the Jamaican takes things "personally", which does allow for constructive discussion.

According to this director Cameron needs to focus on improving his relations with WICB board going forward. "He needs to temper himself. It seems to me he still does not have confidence in some directors. The trust is not there. It is also because if some people speak out at meetings, he will feel that those people are against him. But all those people want is the best of West Indies cricket. He takes everything personal, as if they are attacking him."

The director, who wished to remain anonymous, also felt that Cameron "favours" some territorial boards more than others. Asked why the board would elect him for a third successive term, the director said that those who oppose him "prefer to remain silent and go with the status quo".

With West Indies having already missed out on the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, the priority now is to make sure they receive direct entry for the 2019 ODI World Cup, instead of having to go through the qualifier. To achieve that goal, the WICB recently made fresh appointments, hiring former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams and former Australia batsman Stuart Law in important roles. Adams took over as director of cricket from Richard Pybus, while Law was named as West Indies' coach after the sacking of Phil Simmons last September.

It is also understood that Cameron, along with new WICB chief executive officer Johnny Grave, will travel to India to finalise the schedule for the limited-overs series scheduled in July.

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Michael on April 5, 2017, 2:09 GMT

    Well done Mr.Cameron and well said johnycrg

  • nizam on April 5, 2017, 1:53 GMT

    Hmmm ...That smile say it all, well maybe he know whats best for us so I guess it's more of the same

  • Chowree on April 3, 2017, 5:24 GMT

    This is the end for WI..him dont know anything about running cricket..this guy is one of the main reason WI is at the position them in today..and now dem vote him in again..sad day for WI and sad day for the entire cricket world!!!

  • Johnathan on April 2, 2017, 11:20 GMT

    and btw if you never play at home how do you expect to win at home? Our team won their 2nd t20 title because India is home to them. They play more in India than they do in the Caribbean. yet you all think that Cameron is unfair for wanting the players to play at home. Every team in world cricket maintains their ranking through home tours. All teams do extremely well at home except us. think on that long and hard. If we want improvement we gotta stop moaning and put in the work. "home" conditions are foreign to us because our "better" players play everywhere else except at home. How many games does pollard play in Trinidad a year compared to Mumbai? those are the things you should start thinking about every time you are tempted to say that Cameron and by extension the WICB selection policy is unfair and outdated. Every year take stock of how many foreign players withdraw from t20 leagues to play at home or to get rest compared to our players.

  • Johnathan on April 2, 2017, 11:08 GMT

    @JOHNNY865 before Cameron we were still ranked 8th. Us dropping to 9th has less to do with our cricket and more to do with the improvement of other teams especially Bangladesh. personally I think we are heading in the right direction. whether you like Cameron or not he has been trying to put things in place for the improvement of our cricket in the long term. We had all those guys you all keep moaning about and we went nowhere. If that director mentioned in the article thought Cameron was doing such a poor job why didn't they run against him? We as Caribbean people like to run our mouths but when it comes time for action we never do anything. at least Cameron is willing to try to do something and not just sit and play politics. like it or not he's back for 2 more years health permitting. given how things are going now I expect us to start improving by that time. The reality is all our teams are young and inexperienced. It won't be like that forever

  • Allan on March 31, 2017, 17:10 GMT

    @cricfan93307942 You speak of "mistreatment of our players" to which I respond that our players disrespect the authority of the board. The main culprits of that disrespect, are disrespectful because they know that they can better feather their nests in T20 leagues around the world such as the IPL etc. Had WICB been the only game in town as it was in the past, you would have seen how quickly they would have shut up and play ball, and be on top of the standing too. Don't take my comment as a criticism of the T20 leagues, it's not.

  • freema4989841 on March 31, 2017, 14:19 GMT

    So now we should all shut up and take whatever we get-the nepotism,favouritism and mistreatment of our players.The W.I. teams successes has nothing to do with Cameron's leadership but our players' desire to succeed in spite of the Cameron antics. I feel betrayed by our regional bodies who have sold out to the almighty dollar.What a disgrace !! But "we like it so" !!

  • Kendel3456385 on March 31, 2017, 13:32 GMT

    wi cricket truly has gone to the doldrums. we cannot win in foreign conditions, we cannot win in home conditions, we cannot win against the weakest test playing nation (zimbabwe) and the one format in which we were good in t20, we are now struggling thanks to the wicb and selectors forcing the team to be led by an incompetent captain. our cricket has truly declined over the past couple years since Mr cameron started victimizing our best players and now we have failed to qualify for the champions trophy and we are also going to fail to qualify for the world cup in 2019. is this coincidence ??? nope, it shows how much our cricket has declined within a 2 year period. this has never happened before, the wi team always qualified for international tournaments and all of a sudden we are failing to qualify for one after a next. sad days are ahead for windies supporters, sad days indeed...

  • Wazir Mohammed on March 31, 2017, 12:25 GMT

    T osee that Trinidad voted him back in just to get a favor to host matches in Trinidad is a sham. That he administrator in TT is afraid of losing his position to Ramnarine whom I and a lot of people think will be a great WICB President. Cameron has led WI backwards and the status quo will continue for the next 2 years. We are the bottom feeders in international cricket and only get a few scraps here and there as a token in way of est matches and off and on ODI's. We need someone who will stand up for us at the ICC and stand up for our cricket. If they only want that 'check' from the ICC and sponsors then that is not managing .

  • Abdul Naym on March 31, 2017, 7:16 GMT

    god bless wi cricket....They r not qualifying for 2019 WC. ..

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