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Hinds backs Heaven for JCA president

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) director, Wavell Hinds, believes business executive, William 'Billy' Heaven is the right person to lead the organisation going forward.

Hinds said Heaven has a proven track record of performance, and given the state of the sport in the country right now, he believes the state-run CHASE Fund chief executive officer has the requisite skills.

Heaven, chairman of the JCA's finance and audit committee, is set to face-off with incumbent first vice-president, engineer Milton Henry, during the association's annual general meeting on Thursday.

"Based on what I have seen as a sitting member of board, Billy Heaven is the right candidate to take Jamaica' cricket forward," Hinds said.

"This is evident in his achievements, what he brings to the table, and what he has rolled out in his manifesto.

"He has five cricketers on his slate of directors, who along with himself, and the other experts, possess different skills that the game needs if it to prosper.

"I, therefore, think once he is able to pull all these persons together, who have a passion for the game, we will see better results, and the game will only move upwards from here."

Heaven, during the launch of his campaign last weekend, unveiled a seven-member executive team, as well as his 12 nominated directors.

Top of the list of executive members are first and second vice-presidential candidates, incumbent second vice-president Dr Donovan Bennett, and Courtney Walsh, respectively, as well as banking executives, Wayne Sutherland and Hopeton Morrison.

Sutherland, a former national youth player, is a Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited executive, while Morrison is general manager of the St Thomas Co-operative Credit Union.

The directors, meanwhile, include Darren Powell, Wayne Lewis, Hinds, and chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board medical team, Dr Akshai Mansingh.

Hinds, who also wears the hat as president of the West Indies Players' Association, also outlined that he was confident that majority of the 101 eligible delegates will in the end make the right decision.

"I am sure that on the night of the elections, the electorate will put the 'X' where it is necessary, and will make the wise decision in moving our sport forward," said Hinds.