Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
First vice-president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Milton Henry, will run for the top leadership position in the organisation at its annual general meeting and election expected later this year.
President of the JCA, Lyndel Wright, will not contest the election, hence Henry has thrown his hat into the ring. William 'Billy' Heaven is the other candidate for the top post at the election in November.
"I made the decision to run for president of the JCA and advised the board and general membership sometime ago. It is timely and prudent, especially with president Wright not contesting," Henry told The Gleaner when contacted yesterday.
He also disclosed that his team will be named within the next two weeks.
"We want to plan on a long-term development that includes players, centre of excellence, marketing and communication. We want to refocus. Cricket is at an interesting phase in the Caribbean and Jamaica's leadership is expected.
"I want my team to take this association forward to propel the game back to the number one position in the region. I am satisfied that the team I am assembling can carry out that mandate," Henry confidently expressed.
Henry pointed out that with the introduction of the Social Development Commission (SDC) Community Twenty/20 league and other competitions, there is growing interest in the sport.
"The popularity of cricket at the community level has dramatically increased with the launch of the SDC Championship and other local tournaments. The downside though is that Jamaica has managed to have only two selections to the Test and ODI (one-day international) teams in Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.
"Indeed, the question must be asked, where are our emerging talents who have shown such promise in helping Jamaica win our Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 tournaments? The challenge, therefore, is to ensure the requisite quality levels in our cricket to lead the West Indies back to the top," Henry stated.
Henry's campaign theme is "Build Jamaica's cricket through sustained partnership."
Henry has served local cricket for over 25 years in various leadership positions. He served as manager of the St Catherine Cricket Club and, after much success, graduated to the national team where he served in management. Henry was also secretary of the JCA.