Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) presidential hopeful, Billy Heaven, on Saturday reiterated his plans for a transformation of the association during the official launch of his candidacy at the Mona Visitor's Lodge, University of the West Indies.
The launch, which was attended by members of other national sporting bodies, the corporate sector, and the JCA hierarchy, saw Heaven presenting his manifesto as well as the team he hopes will form the next JCA administration.
The manifesto, titled 'Team Heaven: Pointing the Direction to Cricket's Highway,' included an analysis of the problems affecting the local cricket administration, as well as what he believes is needed to take the game forward.
need and desire
"My team and I did a situation analysis of the things affecting the growth and development of the game, and what we found, in some quarters, was a diminishing need and desire for the game," said Heaven.
These findings, Heaven said, have resulted in negative results, which has caused the association not to move forward in a way it needs to.
"The way forward requires sound administration, a good governance structure, efficient and effective leadership and the right team," Heaven, the chief executive officer of the government-run CHASE Fund, said.
"It also requires high levels of transparency, accountability, a strong and sound development plan, and improvement in the profile of cricket."
Team Heaven is completed by six individuals who will be hoping to get the nod of the majority of the 101 delegates at the association's next annual general meeting.
They are incumbent second vice-president, Dr Donovan Bennett; incumbent secretary Fritz Harris, former presidential candidate Courtney Walsh; Clinton Clarke, Jamaica Money Market Brokers executive; Wayne Sutherland; and St Thomas Co-Operative Credit Union general manager, Hopeton Morrison.
Bennett will be vying for the post of first vice-president, Walsh - second vice-president, Harris - secretary, Clarke - assistant secretary, Sutherland - treasurer; and Morrison - assistant treasurer.
Heaven, who is also current chairman of the JCA's finance and audit committee, is set to go up against first vice-president, Milton Henry, for local cricket's top job.
The association's AGM and election of officers is set for November 28.