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Support remains strong for Cameron - Bennett

Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Cameron

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Talks of a no-confidence vote against West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron, is just that - talk.

That is the word from Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) first vice-president and WICB director, Dr Donovan Bennett.

"I don't know of any such move with regards to a vote of no confidence against the president," Dr Bennett told The Gleaner following a WICB teleconference board meeting yesterday.

"I have now attended three meetings (since the abandonment of the tour of India) and that matter has never been raised at any point in time.

"In fact, as far I as I know, President Cameron still enjoys the support of the members of the board," he reinforced.

According to some critics, the 43-year-old Jamaican business executive may have averted the withdrawal by responding to the players in a more favourable manner.

The players, led by one-day captain Bravo, wrote to Cameron asking him to intervene in a dispute they were having with their union, the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), with regard to a recently-signed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the WICB.

However, responding to Bravo, Cameron cited due diligence and said the WICB would only hold discussions with WIPA, with regards to the CBA, which covers the salaries and benefits - among other things - of the Windies players.

The players subsequently walked off the tour, with only four ODIs played. The West Indies were due to play a fifth ODI, one T20 International and three Test matches.

Bennett, who along with JCA president, Wilford "Billy" Heaven, sits on the WICB board, said he could not divulge any other detail as it relates to what took place during yesterday's teleconference.

"For me to comment on the matters that were discussed would go against the rules and regulations that govern how information is released from the board," Bennett said.

"We have a public relations and communications arm that deals with all communications necessary. Directors are not allowed to go and make announcements."

It is understood that heading into the meeting, matters pertaining to the dismissal of Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy as West Indies one-day, Test and Twenty20 captains, respectively, were on the agenda.

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This was based on recommendations reportedly made during a similar teleconference among board members on Tuesday.

Word making the rounds is that Barbados fast bowling all-rounder, 23-year-old Jason Holder, is in line to replace Bravo and Sammy, while Ramdin was to be replaced by 21-year-old Barbados opener, Kraigg Brathwaite.

In the meantime, the WICB released a statement after yesterday's meeting, naming Michael Gordon, QC, as chairman of the Task Force set up to probe circumstances leading to the tour abandonment.

Chartered insurer Dennis Lalor and former Windies pacer Wes Hall were also named on the three-member Task Force. The WICB's attorney, Alanna Medford, has been named as secretary.

The release also said the Task Force may include additional members pending the agreement of the current members.

The Task Force is expected to meet with all parties, including WIPA and the players, before reporting its findings to the board, the release stated.