Former Windies captain, Sir Vivian Richards, arguably one of the greatest batsmen of all time, has thrown his support behind Ricky Skerritt and Dr, Kishore Shallow, in their bid to win the presidency of Cricket West Indies.

 

CWI Vice President Emmanuel Nanthan has lashed out at his critics for what he believes are unfair criticisms of his leadership of the Dominica Cricket Association and Cricket West Indies.

The leadership of Nathan and CWI President Dave Cameron is being challenged by Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow in elections due on March 24 in Jamaica. The associations in the Leeward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago are backing the challengers.

In a recent interview, Dr. Shallow attacked the CWI vice president who is seen as being vulnerable, a weak point for the Cameron presidency.

“Mr Nanthan has had an extended tenure as president of the WICBC, not due to any sterling representation or performance but due to the reluctance of other senior members to challenge the status quo,” Dr Shallow said in a recent interview.

“As a result, the latter period of his tenure has been plagued with inefficiency and ineptitude. This is a typical example where term limits can help a well-intended individual from damaging his reputation by trudging along after they have clearly ran out of zeal and ideas.”

Nanthan responded in a statement released on Wednesday.

“I find it sad and somewhat disheartened that fellow board members would speak of their colleagues in disparaging ways.  For the record, my service in cricket administration was always as a  from others and not because I thought myself great in any way.  I still do not see myself great, but I think am a great servant of the game of cricket,” Nanthan said.

“I saw Dr. Shallow’s comments on me that were, frankly, shocking.  The young man does not know that when I was handed the reins of Dominica Cricket, the association had no office, had $1500 EC in the bank and had debts of $53,000 EC.

“When I handed over last year, the association had its own office, 11 staff including seven coaches and a groundsman and two of these coaches were at Level 3.  The association had its own cricket academy and assets worth over $1.3 million.”

Nanthan said he stepped down from the leadership of the Dominica Cricket Association at the request from the Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt, whom, he said, Minister of Dominica, asked him to help in the rebuilding of the country following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

Nathan also defended his tenure as CWI vice president.

 “We have spearheaded the drive to ensure that over 120 players around the region, both male and female, now have the stability of income and are paid monthly by CWI,” he said.

“They are provided with coaches and trainers who supervise them and enforce mandatory fitness standards.  That is the main reason behind our resurgence as a great cricket nation!

He continued: “To pay for these expenses, we (The CWI Board, inclusive of Shallow and Skerritt) signed agreements with two countries where we gained television rights from - India and England.  Yours truly was the one who concluded and signed with India in Singapore some six years ago.”

 Going on the offensive, Nathan said he found it ironic that Skerritt and Dr. Shallow, are now challenging for the presidency.

“It is worth noting that both gentlemen who are challenging have been directors on the board for years, with Skerritt having served much longer than Dr. Shallow.  Within that time, I have never seen or witnessed either one of them bring an idea to the board for change,” Nathan said.

“In fact, to the contrary, their voting record would show that they have supported President Cameron and the Board’s motions at meetings 98 per cent of the time.  In the case of Mr. Skerritt, Mr. Ricky Skerritt was first appointed by CARICOM as their Director / Representative to CWI.

“Whilst CARICOM wished to have the Board dissolved and to change the structure of CWI, it was Mr. Skerritt, their representative, who supported President Cameron and the Board. Mr. Skerritt was then fired by CARICOM and it was under President Cameron that this Board appointed Mr. Skerritt as an independent Director. “

He also called for regional unity as CWI looked forward to a brighter future for regional cricket.

 “CWI is not run by one man,” he said.

“It is run by a dynamic group of passionate people whose only wish is to revive cricket in the West Indies and make us champions on the field again.”

The Windies ODI squad for the first two upcoming matches against England starting February 20, has been bolstered by the recall of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.

As if the suspension of Windies captain Jason Holder was not enough, reports have surfaced that the ICC could possibly sanction the Windies for the state of the Antigua pitch where England were defeated by 10 wickets last week Saturday.

Windies captain Jason Holder has climbed into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres Test Player Rankings following the completion of the Test against England in Antigua last Saturday.

 

Darren Bravo one of the heroes for the Windies in their massive 10-wicket win over England in Antigua on Saturday, has declared that he is available for the Caribbean side in all formats of the game.

Windies captain Jason Holder said the team has put last week’s win against England and are completely focused on the second Test that begins in Antigua at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday.

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The 2019 season of the Hero CPL T20 competition will bowl off on August 21 with the final set for September 27, 2019.

Discussions are ongoing for the Windies Women to embark on a tour of Pakistan and Dubai in early 2019.

The Guyana Jaguars needed just two overs on Sunday to wrap up a nine-wicket win over the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in North Sound Antigua.

Old rivals Australia and England are set to clash in the final of the 2018 ICC Women’s T20 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua on Saturday.

Barbadian batter Hayley Matthews said being made vice-captain of the Windies women for the ICC World Women’s T20 Tournament will ultimately make her a better player.

  Sir Vivian Richards, one of the greatest cricketers of all time has joined the Cricket West Indies Ambassadors programme ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.

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