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Bennett slams planned no-confidence vote

Published:Sunday | February 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
File Bennett (left) and Heaven

Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) first vice-president, Dr Donovan Bennett, has labelled the planned no-confidence vote against president Wilford 'Billy' Heaven as uncalled for.

The proposed no-confidence vote, which was circulated to the media two days ago, is part of draft resolution signed by St James Cricket Association president Cecil Fletcher and seconded by Kensington Cricket Club member Gautam Kumaraswamy.

The resolution, which is to be tabled during the non-voting annual general meeting of the JCA on February 17, contains six reasons why Fletcher and Kumaraswamy believe Heaven should be relieved of his duties.

This includes item number two, which challenges "the manipulated process used to support the nomination of a candidate for the 2015 WICB Presidential Election".

"I think it (resolution) is uncalled for, as the president and I have been doing a good job," Bennett told The Sunday Gleaner.

"But I know where all of this is coming from. It has nothing to do so much with the items that are in the resolution. It has to do with the vote to not support Cameron's bid for re-election for president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

He added: "But, I know why the president did what he did. It is not very easy to vote against a Jamaican, and I know he agonised over it for quite a while, and he has very compelling reasons why he did what he did."

Bennett, one of Jamaica's two representative on the board of directors of the West Indies Cricket Board, the other being Heaven, also went on to add that since the JCA vote-off against Cameron, several members have thrown their full support behind the president.

"I have been calling around since our vote and know that a majority of the members of the (JCA) board are in full support of the president," he said.

"The no-confidence resolution is simply coming from about four or five of the directors who participated in the Cameron vote-off and came out on the losing end."

The JCA board voted 10-6 last Tuesday to support former West Indies and Barbados fast bowler Joel Garner instead of Cameron.

The WICB presidential election is set for March 7, with Cameron seeking a second two-year term in office.

Cameron has been credited with playing a vital role in helping to professionalise cricket across the region, but he has been hit hard by his handling of the fiasco which resulted in the West Indies players abandoning the team's tour of India last October.