CWI Presidential candidates to make election pitch

Ricky Skerrit - former West Indies team manager; currently vying for the position of President of Cricket West Indies.
Richard “Ricky” Skerrit – former West Indies team manager, currently vying for the presidency of CWI

Presidential and vice presidential candidates for the upcoming elections of Cricket West Indies will present their plans and proposals for the future of the organization in a forum organized by the Faculty of Sport of the University of the West Indies.

Sixty-two year old Ricky Skerrit, former West Indies Team Manager is bidding for the position of President while President of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Cricket Association Dr. Kishore Shallow 35, has presented himself for the position of vice president.

The Leeward Islands Cricket Board and Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board, supported the nominations of both candidates, which analysts suggest represent a significant threat to the future of the current president Dave Cameron.

Dr. Kishore Shallow is vying the position of Vice President

The men will present their manifesto in a discussion forum at the Errol Barrow Centre on the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies on Monday March 11, at 6:30pm.

Their manifesto contains a ten-point plan called ‘Cricket First’, which identifies strategies needed to regain global competitiveness and dominance and focuses on the extensive use of science, technology and innovation to develop the skills and character of young players.

The presentation will take place in the presence of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), the media and other stakeholders in the sporting discipline.

ESPN CricInfo has reported that both men have on occasion expressed a degree of distrust in the leadership of Cameron and even alleging that he plans to install himself as “a full-time executive” president, adding that his “personal thinking” is “diametrically opposed to the values of West Indies cricket”.

“After six years as president, Dave Cameron’s intention to implement sweeping changes to the democratic process of decision-making within West Indies cricket is troubling,” Skerritt said in a statement. “His desire to lead CWI as a full-time executive, is not reflective of the West Indies cricket ethos.

“By advancing his plans for an autocratic leadership structure, which marginalizes the role of commercially recruited executives, the incumbent has placed his personal thinking diametrically opposed to the values of West Indies cricket.”

Among the proposals the pair plans to put forward, is a 6-year term limit on the presidency of CWI.

The CWI elections take place in Jamaica on March 24. A total of 12 votes, two each for six member territories, are at stake.