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Hunte aims for fourth term
With the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) directors due to meet on March 27 to decide on the presidency of the regional body, Dr Julien Hunte has had a change of heart and wants to stay on for a fourth term.
Hunte was largely expected to hand over the reigns to vice-president Dave Cameron, but sources say the Windward Islands honcho has decided that he is not ready to give up what many have described as one of the most prestigious jobs in the region.
Cameron was expected to succeed Hunte four years ago, but the president’s last-minute campaigning allowed him a third term in office. He took over the leadership of the board in 2007.
After offering himself for the post in 2011, Cameron stood down to give Hunte a third term—one which Hunte promised would be his last.
However, sources say that Hunte has signalled his intentions to stay at the helm, despite Cameron’s six years as understudy.
Hunte is expected to have as his running mate either Gregory Shillingford from the Leeward Islands or Joel Garner from Barbados for the vice-president’s position. Cameron will be challenging for the presidency with Dominican Emmanuel Nantan as his vice-president.
A letter penned by new Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) president Drubahadur has called on Hunte to carry on for another two years, while Cameron is groomed for the presidency.
Sources say there is more to Drubahadur’s letter than meets the eye, since Guyana is looking to groom former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd to take over the post in two years’ time.
“If Cameron takes over, it is unlikely that he would leave after one term. This would scupper any moves which Guyana have of putting Lloyd up in two years’ time. The idea is to bring Lloyd in...so that Guyana are going to support Hunte staying on.”
Drubahadur, in his letter to Hunte, stated: “I am aware that shortly the members will be nominating candidates for the positions of president and vice-president, simply because I have been canvassed on all sides involved and recently received the necessary forms for such nominations.
“After careful consideration and consultation with officers of the GCB, I humbly request that careful consideration be given to stability at the WICB level. It certainly does not serve the interest of Guyana and the West Indies if there is an adversarial and divisive campaign for these important positions. The powerful forces against us may very well see this as another reason and opportunity to strike.
“I am aware that promises were made some time ago on the part of Guyana. However, the circumstances then were very different and the GCB had to make some difficult decisions. I can assure you that very careful deliberations took place prior to making this request.
“At this time, I propose to you that the status quo remains the same within the hierarchy of the WICB for another two years, during which time Mr Dave Cameron should be prepared for the presidency. Dr Hunte has served with distinction and should continue for another term especially since we have just employed a new CEO who may also need some time to get himself acquainted with the board’s intricate operations.”
While Guyana appears to want Hunte, both the Jamaica Cricket Association and the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) want Hunte to leave.
The Jamaican Cricket Association is throwing its weight behind Cameron and Nanton.
An e-mail making the rounds from one of the Jamaican directors states: “Cameron has been VP for eight years and has a clear objective to better resource and improve territorial boards. This has been one of the major challenges with the current WICB leadership. In fact, president Hunte has not visited Jamaica since the rather rude attack on our PM...not even for the J50 test match WI vs NZ.
“The nomination and support for Mr Shillingford would be unfortunate for good governance, given issues with WICB and lack of structure and performance in Leeward Islands cricket, especially compared with Windwards. No one can doubt Joel Garner’s contribution to WI cricket especially as a player. However, as an administrator...far less effective and certainly not visionary.”
The TTCB is also reported to be in support of Cameron. “He has been vice-president during a period when much improvement has come the way of West Indies cricket. And we feel Hunte’s time is up. We need some new blood at the helm, and Hunte should respect that. It is time for him to go.”
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