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Candid Cameron

Published: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017
CWI President Dave Cameron speaks to Guardian Media Sports Director Robert Dumas in his first sit down interview in over a year on Thursday. PICTURE S RYAN

The hierarchy of the Cricket West Indies board is in town this weekend for a directors meeting, and just hours after its president Dave Cameron touched down in T&T, Guardian Media Sports sat down for a wide-ranging interview.

Just over a week ago, it was confirmed the West Indies men’s senior team will have to play World Cup qualifiers next year in order to make the 2019 tournament. Like every other fan in the region, Cameron admitted the board had prepared itself for this moment. But the occasion did present a chance for this interview to touch on several different topics, that all led back to the state of the game in the region.

For a president that has been at loggerheads with the players for much of his term, Cameron pointed to significant flaws at the administrative level in the West Indies that is partly at fault for the downward spiral in our cricket. He said, “While we have been able to put money into the pockets of the players, what we haven’t done, we haven’t transformed our administrators around what is required to administer a professional system, and that is where we are failing. We keep ‘blaming’ the players for some of the shortcomings but it is as a result of the shortcomings of our administration.”

He says the hardest part of his job is explaining to people that he doesn’t select the team, but he remains a very unpopular man across the region. “We are [the board] 91, and if you ask any player who has passed through West Indies cricket at any time, they’ve never loved the board,” he said.

Yet, Cameron is hoping his critics now will be able to change their minds in a decade. He said, “We’ve had to make very tough decisions which the ordinary person would not have been able to understand. Our hope is that in ten years’ time people would understand the decisions we had to make at the time.”

The CWI head feels past administrations of the board plugged too much money into the players and not enough into sustaining the game, and that’s what he’s hoping to effect. The full length exclusive one on one interview with the CWI President can be viewed on our CNC3 Facebook page.