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Democracy at work

Published:Tuesday | February 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM
File Embattled president of the WICB, Dave Cameron
AP West Indies batsman Chris Gayle (centre) walks behind England players Ian Bell (left), captain Eoin Morgan (second left), Joe Root (second right) and Chris Woakes as they celebrate taking his wicket during their Cricket World Cup warm-up match in Sydney, Australia.

I think it is safe to say the democratic way of making decisions that affect any group is the best way.

Of course, there have been successful dictatorships, but that success may be the exception that proves the rule.

Recently, the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), made a decision to jettison two of his appointees to the Senate. His decision was challenged in the courts, which after considering the evidence, ruled that his decision was unconstitutional.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that the author of such a decision would at least offer his resignation. The leader did no such thing, despite a request from a member of his own shadow Cabinet.

However, the people that matter, the ones who selected him as leader, decided that he should not resign. He has not, so that is that. Democracy triumphs.

In cricket, the decision of the West Indies Test cricket team to abandon the tour of India was investigated by a committee, formed at the request of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

This committee found that the blame for the embarrassing debacle should be equally shared by the players, their union (West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and the WICB.

There is a feeling that the omission of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the World Cup is a form of sanction for the India pullout.

call for resignation

So far, the board members and their president, Dave Cameron, seem to have absolved themselves of blame, which has not gone down well in the Caribbean. Members of the public, as well as one prime minister in the West Indies, have called for the resignation of the board's president. He has not resigned.

However, he comes up for re-election in March. Two representatives from the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) in the group that will decide who will lead the WICB, met with the JCA board and voted, 10 to 6, not to support the present president in the upcoming elections.

That did not go down well with members of the JCA, who, at a meeting hastily called, came out in numbers to insist that their Jamaican candidate, the incumbent president, subject of mass calls for his resignation, be supported by JCA at the elections in March. Democracy at work.

But is that the end of it all?

I don't think so.

History reminds us of a democratic decision some 2,000 years ago, whereby an overwhelming majority of those whose decision was solicited, voted to crucify a holy man in sandals and release from prison a known criminal and rapist. Not all democratic decisions are the correct ones!

In the previous elections for president of WICB, the incumbent Julian Hunte ran against Dave Cameron. The latter won the elections by being able to convince the Barbadian delegation (two votes) to vote for him, despite the fact that the Barbadian delegation was instructed by its board to support Hunte!

So the intrigue and drama that is West Indian cricket administration continues.

Having succeeded in getting the vote of the JCA not to support him overturned, Cameron retweeted about the most popular member of the team fighting for its very life in the World Cup, a retweet that may be construed as supporting the demise of one of the most vocal critics on the team, Chris Gayle, who publicly criticised the removal from the team of two very experienced players - Dwayne Bravo and Pollard. Is this a case of 'different rule for you, different rule for me, because I run things'?

Is Cameron the best candidate to lead the West Indies administration as we strive to return to the glory days of West Indies cricket?

The majority of those with a vote will decide, despite the protestations from a substantial mass of voices. Democracy at work.