Cricket West Indies presidential candidate, Ricky Skerritt, had one final message before Sunday’s election for the post takes place in Jamaica on Sunday – vote for change. 

The Ricky Skerritt campaign to become the next Cricket West Indies president has continued to gain momentum with two more former players offering support to it. 

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has added his voice to a throng of former players throwing their support behind the duo of Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow ahead of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) president elections on Sunday.

Two former captains of the regional team Clive Lloyd, Sir Vivian Richards and a former fast bowler Andy Roberts have already thrown their weight behind the challengers.  In endorsing the candidates, the former captains seemed to offer very little praise for the current admiration, despite many pointing to numerous achievements.  Sammy, who last played for the regional team in 2016, sang a similar tune.

“Do not be fooled again by Cameron and Nanthan,” Sammy said via a Facebook Live post.

“Do not believe in any last-minute political propaganda. Cameron only cares about himself, and he cares little about West Indies cricket and the cricketers. I have worked under the leadership of both Dave Cameron and Emmanuel and I can honestly say for sure these two do not have the cricket at heart. And for this reason, I am asking the CWI voters to do the right thing this coming Sunday in Jamaica and vote for change,” he added.

 “Twelve years in leadership is enough to see what Cameron can do, or has not done and that is why I am supporting Ricky Skerritt and Kishore Shallow as they look to make the change, the well-deserved change in West Indies cricket and its administration. Do the right thing. It’s time for change. Cameron, your time is up. Vote Skerritt and Shallow. Do the right thing.”

Sammy and Cameron have not always seen eye to eye with the outspoken former captain criticising the administration, in a post-final interview, after claiming the T20 World Cup title in 2016.

A Cricket West Indies (CWI) press release has refuted claims in an ESPN Cricinfo article that its president, Dave Cameron, asked for an increase in his monthly expenses and that this is exorbitant. 

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.

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.

The Guyana Cricket Board’s Anand Sanasie has taken umbrage at remarks made by CWI presidential candidate, Ricky Skerritt, who criticized the GCB for not giving him a chance to make his case as to why he should be the next president of the CWI.

 

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.”

Notwithstanding its decision to support the incumbents Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan in the upcoming CWI elections on March 24, the Barbados Cricket Association has extended an invitation to challengers Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow to their monthly board meeting next Tuesday.

Ricky Skerritt believes Cricket West Indies is too busy fighting fires to focus on developing the sport in the region.

Julian Charles, President of the St Lucia Cricket Association, has said there was no need for change in the CWI administration because, after years of struggle, Windies cricket is finally heading in the right direction.

Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president Conde Riley, in announcing support for incumbent Dave Cameron when the elections for president of the Cricket West Indies takes place on March 24 in Jamaica, has also dismissed conspiracy claims by challenger Ricky Skerritt. 

Challenger for the presidency of the Cricket West Indies Ricky Skerritt, is hopping mad over what he calls outdated governance structures within the organization he wants to run. 

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