Walk, Mr Cameron, don't wait for the finger
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Only a few days ago, I was one of a few persons wishing for critics to come off the back of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President, Dave Cameron, for his alleged mishandling of the India tour fiasco, for which the board may pay dearly in dollar terms.
In the aftermath of the aborted tour, Jamaica cricket administrators were prepared to support the candidacy of former Barbadian pacer Joel Garner, without seeing his manifesto, until good sense (and democracy) prevailed, and administrators decided to rally behind the embattled Cameron.
I, like many other cricket aficionados, was justifiably incensed over the proposed treatment of the current president, and welcomed the about-turn by our local cricket administrators.
Then, horror of horrors! An uncharitable tweet by a Chris Gayle critic is retweeted by Cameron during a World Cup match. The tweeter was prepared to send the world's most explosive batsman into retirement on account of a recent string of paltry scores.
Mind you, I do have issue with Gayle's utterances at times, and the costly gaffes and worrying attitude of his cronies, Bravo and Pollard. That is for another time.
Amazingly, the controversial tweet was elevated to the level of apparent executive endorsement by the president, and he, like others before him, was made aware that social media is a veritable mine field. This was done in the context and heat of combat, when his charges had their backs against the wall against rivals Pakistan.
There is a parallel scenario, the understanding of which renders the retweet debacle unforgivable. Imagine a president of a heavily unionised public body, in which morale is low, and market share, profitability and productivity are heading in the wrong direction, publicly chastising (or endorsing the chastisement of) an employee who is trying his/her best for the enterprise under trying circumstances. There would be howls of protest, rightly so, from many quarters. Would this not be similar to what David Cameron unwittingly did to Chris Gayle?
Cameron's judgement is suspect, and his lack of sensitivity to the fragility of his own tenure and already struggling re-electability prospects render him unsuited for the role.
I believe Mr Cameron has self-inflicted a decisive and untimely leg before wicket infraction. He should walk and not wait for the umpire's finger. I am still open to considering any compelling suggestion to the contrary, but it appears as if the third umpire of public opinion is left with no option than to support the decision. Alas, we are seeing the first victim of tweet-in-mouth disease