The man attempting to dethrone Dave Cameron as president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Joel Garner, says cricket development, performance and governance of the sport will be his top priority if he wins elections carded for March 7.
Garner, the former West Indies pacer, says a dramatic change in the way WICB administers the region’s cricket affairs is necessary to combat the recent trend of protracted disputes plaguing the sport in recent year.
The 62-year-old cricket legend and president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) is the only challenger to Cameron who is seeking a second two-year term.
“The core business of the WICB should be cricket. Two of the issues which I think have been neglected by the WICB are that of cricket development and performance. In recent times, I think we have been focusing too much on finances,” said Garner in an interview with Barbados Today.
“It is a serious problem which needs to be addressed, along with that of governance. Over the years, West Indies cricket has been embroiled in disputes with players, and more recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)”.
Garner, who lost out to Emmanuel Nanthan for the post of vice-president in the 2013 elections, is backed by the BCA, seconded by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) and has also received support from the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).
Cameron, who defeated St.Lucian Julian Hunte two years ago, is being supported by the Guyana Cricket Association (GCA), the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control (WICBC) and the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA).
The Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) meanwhile is complaining that it was left out of a decision taken by the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) to support incumbents Cameron and Nanthan for the positions of president and vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
ABCA president Leon Rodney says he only received an email informing him that LICA has taken a decision to support the re-election of Cameron and Nanthan in the March 7 elections.
ABCA is one of eight associations making up LICA, and Rodney said the decision by the board to support the two incumbents has not been explained.
“We have never had any communications asking what my association thinks,” said Rodney.