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Wright 'not worried' about challenge

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president, Lindel 'Muddy' Wright, said he is not concerned about the decision taken by William 'Billy' Heaven to challenge him at the association's next annual general meeting.

"I am not worried or perturbed," said Wright, who is nearing the end of his first two-year term in office.

"What it actually means is that people have a choice and they, meaning the constituents, will decide when the time comes.

"They made the decision two years ago with the former president against whom I ran, and I am sure they have seen the resulting product.

"We may not be perfect, but we have made strides and continue to put in the work," he added.

Heaven, the current head of the JCA Finance and Audit Committee and CEO of the state-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund - in announcing his intention to run - said he wants to transform JCA into a first-rate sporting organisation.

He said in trying to achieve this he plans to adopt an all-inclusive approach and involve several sectors of society, including the business community, which he believes is not being adequately engaged.

However, according to Wright, the JCA has been making strides and forging relations with the business community.

He said the proof is reflected in sponsorship arrangements with a number of local entities, including Scotiabank, Kingston Wharves and Hotel Four Seasons, who last year sponsored the national women's tournament.

"From we have taken over the administration of cricket, we have seen where we have had progress," said Wright.

"We have had sponsorship to the tune of $38.5 million between May 2011 and August 2012.

"Another area we could look at is player management, where we have seen our top female cricketer, Stafanie Taylor, through a JCA initiative, has been able to receive contracts with Western Sports, though the brand Puma and with Hi-Lyte sports drink, for which she is an ambassador.

"So we are working and will continue to work for the development of our cricket and our cricketers."

The JCA is set to have its annual general meeting in October.