New WICB president to visit Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC ):New President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron, has announced plans to visit Guyana to try and resolve a protracted dispute between the government and the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).
Cameron, who defeated incumbent Dr Julian Hunte 7-5 in WICB elections last week, is expected to visit Guyana next week to hold discussions with the major players involved in the dispute.
The government and GCB have been locked in an impasse over the establishment of a government-backed Interim Management Committee (IMC) following disputed elections in 2011.
"I know there are issues in Guyana and we plan to address them in the best way possible," Cameron said in a telephone interview with the Guyana Times.
"I will be in Guyana next week and top of the agenda is the discussion on going forward."
The WICB has endorsed the GCB while refusing to recognise the IMC which was set up by government and headed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd to oversee the administration of the game.
Cameron said he also plans to tackle a number of concerns raised by territorial boards during his campaign, including public perception of WICB as an 'old boys club', the governance issue, as well as West Indies failure to be successful in all formats of the game.
The 42-year-old said mending the fractured relationship between WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) is also a top priority of his administration in the months ahead.
"I have met with the WIPA president [Wavell Hinds] informally and we've discussed a number of issues which I would now take to my board and management before any announcement is made," the new president said.