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Guyana delays declaration of support after hearing from Jamaican businessman Cameron
GEORGETOWN—The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has delayed plans to declare publicly who it will vote for to be the next president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in WICB elections carded for Barbados next week.
The announcement should have been made last Friday but the GCB says it has decided against declaring its hands by at least another week after listening to a presentation from presidential challenger Whycliffe Cameron.
Jamaican businessman Cameron, also vice president of the WICB, is challenging incumbent Dr Julian Hunte of St Lucia for the post of WICB president.
“Prior to Cameron indicating that he wanted to make a presentation, our plans were to make a decision on who we plan to vote for on Friday,” said GCB president Drubahadur.
“However, after listening to Cameron a number of proposals were made that could benefit West Indies cricket, and as such we have taken a decision to delay our decision for at least another week”.
Drubahadur, whose board is considered to be in favour of incumbent Dr Hunte, made the declaration over the weekend after his executive met with Cameron.
Prior to Cameron’s presentation, GCB had written to the WICB indicating that they would like the status quo of Dr Hunte as president and Cameron as vice president to remain.
“His manifesto has some good suggestions as to how West Indies cricket can improve, and outlines why he thinks he is best man for the job,” the GCB boss said.
“He spoke about the WICB being more accountable to its stakeholders, being more transparent, and managing its resources more effectively. These are all good ideas, but we also know what Dr Hunte is capable of doing, and as such will have to sit down some more before we come up with our final decision”.
The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) have thrown their support behind Dr Hunte, while the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) and the Windward Islands Cricket Board (WICB) are supporting Cameron.
The T&T Cricket Board is yet to declare who it will be backing.
The election will be held next Wednesday in Barbados. (CMC)
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