Holding not impressed
KINGSTON – West Indian fast-bowling legend Michael Holding said it does not matter who is elected president of the West Indies Cricket Board later this month as despite who comes out on top, it should be business as usual.Holding, a former member of the WICB cricket committee, said both candidates – incumbent president Dr. Julian Hunte and incumbent vice-president Whycliffe Dave Cameron – have been in their posts for the past six years, during which they have done little to address the fledging fortunes of the regional game.
“Most of them were there before and people were not happy with what was taking place,” Holding said.
“I, therefore, don’t see how people are going to be happy at the end of it whoever wins,” he added.
Holding, who is known to be an outspoken critic of the board, also voiced his opinion on the suggestion that Cameron, given his position as second in command, should be viewed in a different light to that of Dr. Hunte.
He said whatever the implications there may have been, Cameron should have stood up and made his voice be heard whenever he saw things were going wrong, and the fact that he did not may very well mean that he is one of the same.
“Some may say that a vice-president does not have the same decision-making powers as the president and, as such, should not necessarily be held accountable. But I don’t.
“If I am the vice-president of an organisation and I notice that the organisation is not doing things right, I am going to say something,” he added.
The election, which is expected to one of the closest in years, will be held in Barbados on March 27.
Hunte, a former St. Lucia Opposition leader, will look to ride on his accomplishments such as the West Indies returning to winning ways during the recent ICC Twenty20 World Cup, and the setting up of the much-heralded West Indies Sagicor High Performance Centre.The 42-year-old Cameron, in the meantime, who is a businessman by profession, has been campaigning on the promise of new and dynamic leadership that will eventually lead to the setting up of a cricket industry in the region.The Guyana Cricket Board had earlier backed Clive Lloyd, who failed to a get a required second nomination vote, while the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board opted to remain neutral heading into the polls.
Hunte was nominated by the Barbados Cricket Association and the Leeward Islands Cricket Association, while Cameron was nominated by the Jamaica Cricket Association and Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control.
The GCB and TTCB are the other two territories who are allowed to vote during the elections. They are, however, yet to decide who they will cast their vote for.††