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WICB day of decision - Crucial vote for president at Jamaica Pegasus hotel

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
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It's a day of decision for West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

The election to decide who will lead the affairs of the WICB for the next two years will be held today during the staging of the organisation's annual general meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

Incumbent president, Jamaican Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron, and board director, Barbadian Joel Garner, are down to square off for the post of president, while for the position of vice-president, incumbent Emmanuel Nanthan of the Windward Islands, faces Baldath Mahabir of Trinidad and Tobago.

The other executive posts will be filled with appointed members.

"We are very confident that we will do well, and the voters will rally around us," Nanthan told The Gleaner.

"We have spoken to delegates, and outlined our achievements over the past two years, and the general feedback is that they are willing to entrust us to continue the work we have started," he added.

Cameron, who was elected into office on a 7-5 vote from the 12 eligible voting delegates in 2013, has been campaigning on several issues that he believes he has delivered on.

These include the successful roll-out of a six-team, franchise-based, first-class, professional league, and the settling of differences and signing of a new-look Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the West Indies Players Association.

The professional league has resulted in the permanent employment of at least 90 players by franchise teams, which largely replaced traditional territorial outfits.

 

tenure marred

 

The MOU, in the meantime, has, among other things, facilitated the payment of the salaries of the 90 contracted players.

Cameron's tenure, however, has been marred by a few incidents. The two most glaring are the withdrawal of the West Indies players from a tour of India five months ago and a recent social media retweet of a negative comment posted by a fan about the performance of Chris Gayle during the current ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Cameron subsequently erased the retweet, and apologised.

Garner, meanwhile, has been campaigning under the theme 'Restoring Pride to West Indies Cricket'.

The former West Indies fast bowler and current president of the Barbados Cricket Association, has vowed to work to improve the West Indies' world Test ranking. The West Indies are ranked

No. 8 among the ten Test playing countries.

An improvement in the ranking, he said, would be achieved via the careful execution of key objectives, including improved levels of governance and better men and women's cricket development programmes.

"His (Garner's) manifesto says it all," said Deighton Smith, a WICB director, and campaign manager for Garner.

"Garner has played at the highest level, and administratively has shown that he has the capacity to lead, and believes that at this point in time he is the most suitable candidate to lead West Indies cricket.

Cameron, a businessman by profession, had, at the close of nominations in February the declared support of delegates from three of the six regional territorial boards.

They are Guyana, the Windward Islands, and the Leeward Islands.

The 44-year-old has since added Jamaica to his support after their membership voted at their annual general meeting to overturn an original vote by its directors to support Garner.

Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados has publicly stated their preference for the 62-year-old Garner.