West Indies news March 28, 2013

Whycliffe Cameron elected new WICB president

ESPNcricinfo staff

Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron has been elected president of the WICB, after he beat the incumbent Julian Hunte 7-5 during the board's annual general meeting in Barbados. Cameron's running mate, Emmanuel Nanthan of Dominica, is the new vice-president; he beat Barbados Cricket Association president Joel Garner 8-4 in the election.

Cameron, 42, was nominated by the Jamaica Cricket Association and seconded by the Windward Cricket Board. He has been a WICB director since 2002 and served as vice-president during Hunte's tenure as president, which began in 2007.

"It was a long process and I travelled the length and breadth of the Caribbean, from Kingston, Jamaica to Georgetown, Guyana to be able to address the concerns of our stakeholders," Cameron said after his election. "As we take over the reins of the WICB, we assume responsibility with very lofty goals in our minds and the understanding of the reason we are here and what everybody in the region is looking forward to us being able to accomplish.

"In my presentations to the territorial boards, I spoke about building on our immense talent, increasing the revenues in the sport and, above all, uniting the region through the game of cricket. We must find creative ways of dealing with the challenges that will confront us from time to time."

Nanthan joined Cameron in thanking outgoing president Hunte for his services to West Indies cricket over the last six years. "He is my friend and has been for a number of years," Nanthan said of Hunte. "He is to me a hero, coming from the Windward Islands, and I am proud of the way he presided over the WICB during a difficult time and now the baton has been passed on.

"I am fortunate to be part of the new team chosen to advance the development of West Indies cricket. In accepting the baton, what I believe we are offering are two fresh pairs of legs to continue the work, so that one day we too can pass on the baton to someone else to take the game that we all love and cherish further forward in this region.

"To be able to begin this work, it will be incumbent on us to reach out to every nook and cranny in the region including the private sector to rally with us. It is not about the past, nor who won and lost this election, but bringing the people of the region together, mobilisation and strengthening behind a common cause. We know the Caribbean well and from time to time we know there will be disagreements, but we plead with the people of the region to agree to disagree with us when this happens so that we can move forward."

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  • dave on March 31, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Greetings Mr Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan from being elected president and vice predident of the west indies cricket board. all my life growing up ihave witness that the indian cricketers in Guyana and Trinidad never gave a fair chance to represent the West Indies Cricket,i think it time for change and these boys from both island must g\be gavin a fair chance and when the West indies team take the field it should be a balance with colors not every game you see 9 or 10 black players and only one indian player is in the team.the whole world is watching and there are laughting at the West Indies cricket board

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    West Indies cricket is going fairly well right now, so we shouldn't expect to see any major changes in the near future. We should expect Sammy to remain captain in the foreseeable future. His captaincy is the main reason that the ship has steadied. Notably, it's a huge improvement over the captaincy of Lara, Chanderpaul, Sarwan and Gayle. Our thanks to Julian Hunte for his invaluable contribution to West Indies cricket, and congratulations to our two new executives Cameron and Nathan. Gentlemen remember the adage: "If it ain't broke; don't fix it!"

  • Ali on March 31, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    ah boy we moving on up now....

    to bad for Rhamdin though ....

    he going to get dropped again .... time for Baugh to get another chance ..

    (that is how it works)

    on a good note, a bowler who is taking wickets at an average of 5 runs per wicket, might get a test call up....

    that augers well ...

    i believe not even Daryl Styen could play 1st class cricket in WI and get a wicket for 5 runs a piece ..

  • kent on March 30, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    A changing of the guard is always a sobering moment for any organisation. In the case of the WICB, many would be breathing a collective sigh of relief, whilst others may feel that Dr. Hunte should have been given one more stint. There is no question that WI cricket is in a much better place than a few years ago and there seem to be some effort put into getting the players into the right attitude, on and off the field. For this the outgoing admiinistration must take some kudos. It seems to me now is the right time for such a change and I am optimistic that the newly selected officers can take the baton and carry WI to the finish line...which is back to No. 1 in the world. No one can relax until the job is done.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Congratulations to Dave and Emmanuel, and God bless! Sincere thanks also to Dr. Hunte for his sterling service to West Indies Cricket.

  • hyrbie on March 30, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    all West Indians need to send Dr. Hunte a huge thank you for the way he went about handling our affairs , move on now and lets move on to the action out on the pitch, rather just watch the cricket than this sorry

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Congratulations to to the new board.hope Gibson Hunte boy Sammy Should step out of the arena.......

  • adit on March 30, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Congratulations to Cameron and Nathan. Let's hope this new team brings changes in the administration of WI cricket. Sorry we lost on Clive Lloyd at the helm but I have faith in WI cricket now that Hunte and Hilaire have gone. Those two undermined WI cricket for too long. Time for a change in style. First stop the Insularity in WI cricket. Play the best team. Do not include players based on which country they come from. We don't have a quota system so first order of the day is revisit Captain Sammy's role in the team. A good question is would have WI won those 6 matches under any other captain? Your guess is as good as mine. I have not seen any magic that he weaved to bring those victories. I enthrall at the roles the other captains of world cricket are playing in their victories - Dhoni, Cook, Clarke, Smith etc. There is a tremendous talent pool out there which needs encouragement and nurturing. Good luck guys.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    "When the WI win some test matches?" But we've won 6 in a row!!!

  • Earl on March 29, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    A change of leadership might bring harmony to W.I cricket,but we need our players to raise their game to another level.Our batsmen will have to learn that it is better to hit a single instead of getting out trying to hit a six.batting for one day in a test match is a recipe for losing.Let us hope that these matters are looked after by the new administration.Best of luck to them!!

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