GCB president questions experience of Skerritt/Shallow ticket, hints at political interference

By March 14, 2019

President of the Guyana Cricket Board Anand Sanasie has questioned whether the team of Ricky Skerritt is experienced enough to lead Cricket West Indies into the future.

Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow have thrown their hat into the ring, hoping to unseat Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan at the executive elections and AGM set for March 24 in Jamaica.

However, Sanasie, who is firmly behind the incumbents, is not sure the challengers have enough experience, telling Stabroek News in Guyana that it was absurd for Skerritt and Kishore, who has not yet completed a term as a CWI Director, to want to be at the helm of the board with little to no experience.

In the initial stages of his campaign, Skerritt accused the CWI of spending too much money on the president. However, Sanasie poured cold water on the assertion saying Cameron has been afforded the same luxuries as past presidents.

Sanasie said Cameron has been more proactive in the management of West Indies cricket.

Sanasie suggested that Skerritt did not seem to have a problem with Cameron’s leadership of CWI until he was appointed by CARICOM as their representative.

He also suggested that there might be some political influence behind Skerritt’s challenge to the incumbents.

Skerritt’s bid has been lauded by Prime Minister Keith Gonsalves, who believes that the former Windies team manager is a suitable candidate to lead CWI.

While speaking with Stabroek, Sanasie suggested that the CARICOM leaders should leave matters concerning cricket to those elected to do so.

“My take on it is that CARICOM has their work to do. I would say respectfully, yes, it is a public good, yes, it is being run across the region and like most sporting organisations, we answer to an international body and comply with their structure,” he said. “And, while you have to be accountable, the international community does not look good on political interference and they have to be very careful how they go about doing that but you cannot co-mingle with politics so that you end up with Prime Ministers picking the squad, you can make decisions, advise, assist.”

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