By Azad Ali
Cricket West Indies presidential candidate hopeful former St. Kitts and Nevis Minister, Ricky Skerritt, has accused incumbent president Dave Cameron of running a “one-man show” in regional cricket.
Skerritt, 62, who was in Trinidad recently to whip up support from the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) for the upcoming CWI elections on March 24, 2019, in Jamaica criticized the management of West Indies cricket by its administrators.
He said, “this cannot be a one-man show, and unfortunately Cameron has been operating de facto.”
Skerrit said his concern is that well-paid professionals need to be allowed to do what they have been brought on board to do and they should not be micromanaged by a president.
Skerrit and his running-mate Dr. Kishore, president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association have remained hopeful of a vote from the boards of Barbados, Guyana and the Windward Islands, who have indicated that they will support Cameron for another term.
Skerrit is getting the backing of the TTCB and the Leeward Islands Cricket board. A former secretary of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association, Skerrit said he wants to create an environment and an organization that can produce good quality, young cricketers, and a better relationship with the stakeholders in the Caribbean game and provide an ear to all the stakeholders in West Indies cricket.
But Cameron has lashed back saying that Skerritt’s history as West Indies team manager has disqualified him as a candidate to lead the region’s governing body.
He maintained the CWI was not a one-man show, but was being run by a set of people who all had specific responsibilities.
The CWI president said Skerritt’s past failure as manager of the West Indies team should not be forgotten.
Back in 2000, Skerritt resigned as Windies’ manager following a post-game incident involving members of his squad after a 10-wicket loss to England in the First Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica.
Cameron has brushed aside Skerritt’s proposed move to change CWI’s selection panel.