West Indian cricket administration August 8, 2005

Gordon elected president of West Indian board

Cricinfo staff

Kenneth Gordon, the former media manager from Trinidad and Tobago, has been elected, as expected, as the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) at the sixth annual meeting held in St Maarten on Sunday. Gordon, who was the sole nominee for the post, replaces Teddy Griffith who had indicated last June that he would not accept nomination. Valentine Banks was elected the vice-president after defeating Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain.

Gordon, 75, was in a one-horse race as two of his opponents, the former WICB president Pat Rousseau of Jamaica and the former WICB director Tony Marshall of Barbados, withdrew their nominations last month. He will now be at the helm of the regional association for at least the next two years and will oversee the West Indies' staging of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, the first time the event will be hosted in this region.

Gordon has had a long, distinguished career and a rather hefty resume: he has served as the chairman of Neal and Massy Holdings, a major Caribbean conglomerate, and was managing director of the Trinidad Express and chief executive officer and chairman of Caribbean Communications Network (CCN). He was also instrumental in the establishment of a number of regional media houses in Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados. Apart from that, Gordon was also as a senator in parliament and a government minister in Trinidad and Tobago.

Banks, 55, is presently serving as vice-president of the WICB. A banker by profession, Banks, who is from Anguilla, was previously the president of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association.