JCA fallout over Cameron decision
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) director Cecil Fletcher has reportedly tendered his resignation, effective immediately.
The St James Cricket Association president is said to have signalled his intent following a meeting of the board of directors of the JCA on Tuesday at its Sabina Park offices.
The meeting, among other matters, saw the JCA deciding not to support Jamaican Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron in his re-election bid for the post of president of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), which will take place during the regional body's annual general meeting next month.
The JCA directors instead voted 10-6 in favour of the candidacy of former West Indies fast bowler and president of Barbados Cricket Association Joel Garner.
"A letter (of resignation) has been received. However, there's a process which guides these type of matters," Fritz Harris, honorary secretary of the JCA, told The Gleaner yesterday.
"This process includes discussion with the member and at the end of that you may have an acceptance or non-acceptance.
"It is, therefore, way too early now to say what the likely outcome will be," he added.
Fletcher, who is said to be a supporter of Cameron, refused to confirm or deny handing in his resignation.
"Whoever has told you things, you will have to work with them," remarked Fletcher.
"I am not denying or confirming anything. I am just neutral," he added.
The vote by the JCA not to support Cameron is said to have caused a rift in the board, with other directors reportedly considering resignation.
Cameron, 44, who is seeking a second two-year term in office, prior to the JCA vote, had made a presentation to the directors where he outlined his accomplishments thus far, as well as plans for the future.
However, according to Harris, before, during and after his presentation, questions lingered around Cameron's handling of last October's player boycott of the West Indies tour of India, which has left the regional body with a bill of US$42 million.
"The members of the board received a presentation from Cameron and participated in a question-and-answer segment and thereafter the directors deliberated among themselves which candidate to support," explained Harris.
"In the end, it was put to a vote; Garner got 10 votes in his favour and Mr Cameron six.
"The position of the JCA, as determined at the meeting, was that the association would support Mr Garner at the upcoming WICB elections.
"The underlying reason (for the non-support of Cameron) seems to be the whole India situation," he continued.
"I think members were really concerned that the situation could have been handled much better, on one hand ... . On the other hand, they are concerned about the likely repercussions, including the possibility of being asked to repay US$42 million."
Garner will have Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board executive, and head of the WICB marketing committee, Baldath Mahabir, as his vice-presidential running mate, while Cameron is set to have again Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control president, Emmanuel Nanthan, as his equivalent.
The WICB's annual general meeting is carded for March 7 in Kingston, with the deadline for executive nominations being on Saturday.