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Rumblings in Jamaica cricket over West Indies Board presidency

by | Feb 5, 2015

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President of Barbados Cricket Association, Joel Garner

Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Director Cecil Fletcher has reportedly tendered his resignation, effective immediately, in the face of pressure for his alleged support of incumbent West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron who is also a Jamaican.

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 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.

Fletcher, who is said to be a supporter of Cameron, refused to confirm or deny handing in his resignation.

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Former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner

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.

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.

 

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