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Cricket West Indies has new president

By Dominica News Online

Former West Indies Team Manager, Ricky Skerrit has replaced Jamaican, Dave Cameron as president of Cricket West Indies (CWI). His new vice president is President of the St Vincent & The Grenadines Cricket Association Inc., Dr. Kishore Shallow.

The two were were elected at the CWI presidential election which was held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Sunday March 24.

Skerritt, 62, defeated Dave Cameron by a margin of 8-4.

Cameron was seeking a fourth term in office after serving three two-year terms.

His running mate was the incumbent CWI president, Dominican Emannuel Nanthan.

However, according to Loop, although the Windward Islands Cricket Board, Barbados Cricket Board, and Guyana Cricket Board had stated publicly that they would support Cameron, the 47-year-old businessman received a big setback to his re-election bid after the Jamaica Cricket Association voted not to support its countryman.

The Leeward Islands Cricket Board and Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board had publicly stated that they would support Skerritt and his running mate, Dr Kishore Shallow.

Loop reported that just a few hours before the election, the Skerritt campaign gained momentum with two more former players – Roger Harper of Guyana and Deryck Murray of Trinidad and Tobago – offering support.

Former West Indies captains, Guyanese Clive Lloyd, Sir Vivian Richards of Antigua and Darren Sammy of St Lucia, had also supported the Skerritt campaign.

Skerritt had previously been a cabinet minister and senator in the national assembly of St Kitts and Nevis and has also served as minister of Tourism. He has an MSc from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Skerritt and the youthful Shallow, 35, have created a robust ten point ‘Cricket First’ plan that identifies the strategies needed to regain global competitiveness and dominance. It focuses on the skill and character development of young players with extensive use of science, technology and innovation.

Once elected, Skerritt has promised to immediately seek the reallocation of resources currently used for centralized activities by CWI, to where he says it matters most- with local grassroots cricket, coaching development, and the territorial governing bodies.