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BCCI wants Cameron voted out WICB presidency - Dr. Rudi Webster

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC):

Sports psychologist and former West Indies team manager, Dr Rudi Webster said he suspects that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has a $42-million claim against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), wants to see the back of president Dave Cameron.

Cameron is seeking re-election at the weekend meeting in Kingston, but is being challenged by former WI fast bowler Joel Garner.

Webster told the CARIBUPDATE television show THE BIG BANG that he believes India will insist on collecting the money for last year's abandoned tour, but that any chance for a negotiated settlement would only come with a new president.

"And I suspect if there was a change at the top, the BCCI would be tempted to say, 'Look, let us forget this thing or at least reduce it'," said Webster.

"I think that Garner would have more influence with those people because a lot of them went to see him when they were little kids and they respect him more. With Cameron at the helm, the BCCI might insist on getting their money."

In January, the BCCI issued an ultimatum to the WICB, asking the board to furnish the requisite $41.97 million as damages borne out of West Indies' "sudden, arbitrary withdrawal" from the India tour last October.

Webster said the name Cameron is now a bad name with Indian cricket.

"I think the Indians are going to insist on getting their money and I don't think they are backing down from that. Cameron is not the most popular person in India. I don't think he understood the culture of the Asian people," said Webster.

"You don't embarrass the Asians and make them lose face and expect them to support you and I would say he is probably the most unpopular West Indian in India at the moment although he thinks that he is one of the most popular."

Last month, Cameron was blasted for apparently retweeting a demand for outspoken opener Chris Gayle to be given "a retirement package".

Differing positions

While the Barbados Cricket Association and the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board have backed the legendary former West Indies fast bowler, the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, Guyana and Jamaica have committed to support Cameron's re-election bid.

Webster said, however, it appears on the surface that Cameron might have the votes to be re-elected.

"These secret ballots are a funny thing and Cameron did a stupid thing when he tweeted that thing about Chris Gayle," Webster told THE BIG BANG.

"Normally, Jamaicans don't go against other Jamaicans, but if you criticise Chris Gayle or Usain Bolt, you are asking for trouble, so although the board has been told to vote for him, it's a secret ballot and we don't know what is going to happen."

The latest edition of the show airs Tuesday night on the Pan Caribbean channel One Caribbean at 9:30 Eastern Caribbean time (8:30 Jamaica time).