Heaven bats for JCA transformation
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund CEO, William 'Billy' Heaven, says he plans to put together a team comprising persons from various sectors of society as he prepares to make a run for the post of president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).
The former head of the National Development Foundation, who recently announced his intentions to run later this year, also explained that these individuals are expected to share similar ideals, as it relates to making the JCA into a top-notch sporting organisation.
"My intentions are to bring together persons who share a similar set of goals as it relates to what needs to be done to make the JCA more efficient and responsive to the needs of local cricket development," Heaven told The Gleaner.
"These individuals will span several sectors within society, including the business community, academia, young professionals and women.
He added: "It will be all-inclusive and holistic approach with the aim being to grow the sport to a level where it can begin the long road of recovery of being the sport of choice of most Jamaicans," he added.
Up against 'Muddy' Wright
The current head of the JCA's Finance and Audit Committee, Heaven is set to go up against incumbent president Lyndel 'Muddy' Wright who was elected into office two years ago.
It is understood that a number of the JCA board of directors and executive members are not pleased with the leadership of Wright and are lining up to throw their support behind Heavens.
This includes JCA second vice-president, Dr Donovan Bennett, who along with former West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh are reportedly being considered for vice-presidential posts.
It is also understood that former West Indies players and JCA directors Wavell Hinds and Darren Powell, as well as Jamaica Money Market Brokers director Wayne Sutherland have thrown their support behind Heaven.
"The hope is to grow cricket at all levels," said Heavens.
"From school cricket to community cricket to club cricket, there needs to be better policies and programmes and these are areas which we plan to address."
The JCA's next annual general meeting and election of officers is set for either October or November this year.