‘Cameron wasn’t CWI Pied Piper’ – Former president’s legal rep claims report dismisses board’s ‘collective responsibility’

By Sports Desk May 24, 2020
Former CWI president Dave Cameron. Former CWI president Dave Cameron.

Tony Astaphan SC, attorney-at-law for former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron, has taken exception to the appearance of what he termed a diminished sense of ‘collective responsibility’, considering some of the accusations levelled against his client in the recent audit report.

The financial report, which singled out Cameron for criticism on several occasions, was commissioned by the current CWI board and conducted by independent auditors Pannell Kerr Foster (PKF).  Among other things, it raised concerns regarding an inadequate accounting system that enabled financial irregularities to go unreported.

Cameron’s legal team has already requested a copy of the contentious document, which has already been leaked, but Astaphan has also been quick to point out that the structure of the CWI remains a board of directors and all decisions were taken and approved at that level.

“If the auditor is in fact making so-called findings on matters that were dealt with by the board and they are so concerned about irregularities and abuses; the directors, including the present ones, from top to bottom, are going to have to come forward and explain their votes to the region and the shareholders,” Astaphan said on the Mason and Guest radio show.

“You can’t just decide to throw one man overboard and say well there goes Cameron swimming down the lagoon again.  Collective responsibility is very important,” he added.

The lawyer strongly rejected the notion that the board members were bullied into voting by the former president, as has been previously suggested.

“It was said that the directors were subservient, subservient, grown men, grown independent men, successful businessmen, politicians and all were subservient to Cameron, that is why they went along with the votes.  As a Caribbean man I would consider that to be contemptuous of my position on the board.”

“There is an implication that there was this and that but everyone went along with Dave Cameron like the pied piper and the rats into the pond.”

Related items

  • 'They didn't take us lightly' - Windies coach Simmons dismisses notion England underestimated team 'They didn't take us lightly' - Windies coach Simmons dismisses notion England underestimated team

    West Indies coach Phil Simmons was quick to dismiss any suggestions that England underestimated the team heading into the first Test last week.

    On the back of a responsible 95 from Windies batsman Jermaine Blackwood, and a 9-wicket haul from pace bowler Shannon Gabriel, the regional team claimed a 1-0 lead after a 4-wicket win in Southampton, on Sunday.  With the omission of veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad from the first Test, however, former England captain Nasser Hussain suggested the hosts may have underestimated the West Indies.  England instead opted for a line-up that included Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and James Anderson.

     "Hats off to West Indies for a super performance, but I'd like to ask England one question. If this had been the first game of the Ashes, would they have left out Stuart Broad?" Hussain asked in his post-match analysis.

    Simmons has, however, refuted any such suggestions.

    “I don’t think so.  England is a professional unit and I would not expect that from them. I think they thought on the day they needed to bat first.  Maybe they looked at how the match would end, the wicket and how dry it was at the time,” Simmons told members of the media via a Zoom press conference.

    “There are many factors why they could have batted first. I don’t want to speculate but I don’t think they took us for granted,” he added.

    “I think there is a choice between five quality bowlers, so one had to sit out.  It came to Broad that day but there are three back-to-back Test matches and England has maybe five or six Test matches so sometimes we think that’s the way we have to go.”

    The West Indies and England have had competitive outing in the last two Test match series between the teams.  The West Indies also won a Test in England in 2017, before claiming the Wisden Trophy with a 2-1 win over England in the Caribbean last year.

  • ‘Things headed in right direction’ – Blackwood rejects criticism of regional cricket ‘Things headed in right direction’ – Blackwood rejects criticism of regional cricket

    Windies batsman Jermaine Blackwood has leapt to the defense of Caribbean regional cricket, strongly disagreeing with those who disparage the competition.

    For some, the West Indies' recent and consistent failure on the international stage, in recent years, is in large part due to regional players being unable to attain the competitive standard required for international cricket, after taking part in a substandard regional competition.

    In several instances, players that have dominated the regional season have gone on to struggle against international opponents, once called up for the West Indies.  Blackwood, who heaped up 768 runs in 15 innings for Jamaica, including a double hundred against the Leeward Islands in the tournament's last match, however, has gone on to register a dominant performance against England.  He believes things are changing.

    “To be honest I don’t pay too much attention to who is taking this or that, everyone has their opinion,” Blackwood told members of the media via a Zoom press conference on Tuesday.

    “For me, personally, things are heading in the right direction in the Caribbean.  I think I put in a lot of work to score some runs in the regional 4-dayers and definitely you can see it in my body language and approach to Test cricket now.  So, it has helped me to become the player I am now, and you can see the growth in my batting.”

  • Is Holder the second coming of Clive Lloyd? Is Holder the second coming of Clive Lloyd?

    Former West Indies fast bowler Tony Gray has compared the leadership style of current West Indies captain Jason Holder to Clive Lloyd.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.