Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Ricky Skerritt to challenge Dave Cameron for CWI presidency

Ricky Skerritt.

Ricky Skerritt.

Jamaican Dave Cameron will be challenged by former West Indies team manager Ricky Skerritt for the position of Cricket West Indies (CWI) president.

Cameron has been CWI president for six years and is seeking to lead the association for a fourth term.

Skerritt, 62, announced his intention to challenge Dave Cameron this week.

Skerritt is currently president of St Vincent & The Grenadines Cricket Association and has previously been a cabinet minister and senator in the national assembly of St Kitts and Nevis. He also served as minister of tourism. He also sits on the CWI board.

Skerritt also announced a running mate in Dr Kishore Shallow, a 35-year-old entrepreneur, and director of CWI.  Dr Shallow is running for the role of vice-president.

Both candidates' nominations were supported by the Leeward Islands Cricket Board and Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board. 

The pair have produced a 10-point plan that includes cricket-specific issues such as modernising coach education, a new approach to selection, greater emphasis at Under-19 and Under-23 levels and increased funding for the sport at grassroots level.

Skerritt said in a statement that "after six years as president, Dave Cameron's intention to implement sweeping changes to the democratic process of decision-making within West Indies cricket is troubling.

"His desire to lead CWI as a full-time executive is not reflective of the West Indies cricket ethos."

The CWI elections take place in Jamaica on March 24. A total of 12 votes, two each for six-member territories, are at stake.

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