Guyana reaffirms support for Cameron
Leewards, Windwards also backing Jamaican for WIPA presidency
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):
The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) says it will continue to back incumbent Dave Cameron for president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) despite the challenge posed by former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner.
Garner, who is seeking to unseat Cameron in the March 7 election during the annual general meeting of the WICB, is backed by the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and was seconded by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB).
Cameron was the lone candidate until Garner surfaced as a legitimate challenger for the presidential seat.
"Nothing has changed," declared GCB secretary Anand Sanasie in an interview with Chronicle Sport.
"I mean, at that time he was the only one, but now, nothing has changed, and we'll be supporting him. It should be obvious."
Cameron has been heavily criticised for the West Indies' aborted tour of India late last year and calls opposing his re-election have come from the likes of the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, as well as former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts.
However, Sanasie says GCB is standing by Cameron based on presentations made to them during a meeting in Guyana last year.
"We would have met with him (Cameron) when we had our awards ceremony here last year and he would have made certain proposals which we accepted and are in favour of," said Sanasie.
Cameron, who was nominated by the GCB and was seconded by the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control, is also being supported by the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA).
"I can confirm that the Leeward Islands Cricket Association will be supporting the incumbent," declared LICA CEO Derrick Nicholas.
"In fact, our board is nominating the president, Dave Cameron, and Emmanuel Nanthan for the vice-president."
The CEO cites the formation of the LICA Secretariat in January of 2014 as the chief reason behind the association's endorsing Cameron to continue his presidency for at least another two-year term.