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'We're taking a chance with cricket' - St Ann CA president believes Heaven hasn't served enough

Published:Monday | November 25, 2013 | 12:00 AM

St Ann Cricket Association president, Keith Walford, believes it would be a gamble if business executive William 'Billy' Heaven, was elected president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).

Walford, who is running as second vice-president on the ticket of presidential candidate, Milton Henry, said Heaven, who was appointed chairman of the JCA's finance and audit committee two years ago, has not served the game enough.

"I don't think that when people want to give service, they should necessarily come in at the top," said Walford, who is also Member of Parliament for South West St Ann.

"I believe they should come in at a point where one can see what they have to contribute and that is one of the biggest problems I have with Heaven and his team.

"I think by doing that (coming in at the top) we are taking a chance with the cricket and it is something that we on the Henry team do not subscribe to."

Walford, who is set to go up against Ambassador Courtney Walsh, for the second vice-president position, also said he did not agree with the notion that because Heaven has been successful in the private sector, it means he would be a successful JCA president.

Heaven, a former executive director of the National Development Foundation of Jamaica and consultant to the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League, is currently CEO of the government-run CHASE Fund.

"Not because someone might be successful in management or business means that they will be successful in cricket," said Walford.

"It takes a great deal of skill to administer cricket, and if adequate time is not spent learning and understanding the requirements, there could be challenges.

"Henry, on the other hand, has proven that he has the skills to operate on various cricketing levels, having done so at the national team, club and JCA board and executive levels."

Henry, an engineer by profession, will be seeking to step up from his position as incumbent first vice-president.

The position of first-vice president at this year's poll will be contested between incumbent second vice-president, Dr Dovovan Bennett, who is running on Heaven's ticket and former treasurer, Major Radcliffe Daley.

Heaven's seven-member executive slate is completed by incumbent secretary Fritz Harris, business executive Clinton Clarke and banking executives Wayne Sutherland and Hopeton Morrison.

Henry's, in the meanwhile, is completed by incumbent treasurer Nigel Logan, incumbent director Junior Stewart, banking executive Mark Hill and Major Marlon Kennedy.

A total of 101 delegates, ranging from national clubs and parish associations, and affiliate and life members, are eligible to cast votes during the association's anual general meeting and election of officers, which will be held on Thursday at the Jamaica Conference Centre.