Time to mend fences

GEORGETOWN – West Indies Cricket Board President Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron believes that the cricket crisis in Guyana went on for too long and now is the time for all stakeholders to move on for the development of the game as a united cricketing family.†

He expressed this view at a press conference at the Guyana National Stadium yesterday, referring to the crippling standoff between the Government of Guyana and the Guyana Cricket Board.

The comment also came against the backdrop that the West Indies team has been enjoying a measure of success and therefore the time is ripe for further development of the sport.

“The Guyana situation has certainly gone on for much longer than anyone would have desired and we must now put that behind us and move as one united cricketing family. We must look to the future and commit our efforts toward moving Guyana’s and West Indies cricket forward. We are on the upward curve and need to ensure that we continue in this vein whilst building on those areas which need to be strengthened,” the Jamaican businessman emphasised in his statement.

‘Let democracy run its course’

After years of alleged administrative malpractices at the GCB, a protracted standoff with the Guyana government, which established an Interim Management Committee, a series of court matters between the two sides, which stemmed from controversial elections in 2011, Cameron made the call for democracy to run its course and for stakeholders to have respect for rulings handed down in the courts.

On the other hand, he opined that issues must not always engage the attention of the courts but rather officials should iron out differences through meaningful discourse, a sentiment observers expressed at several fora as the dispute festered. He believes protracted disputes do nothing to benefit the game, urging the need for more responsible forms of conflict resolution.

“We must allow democracy to work and always respect the rulings of the courts where those apply but I firmly believe that issues and differences which we will encounter ought not to always be embroiled in the courts but rather we must all sit at the table as valuable stakeholders and find compromise positions in the best interest of the sport. Protracted and bitter disputes do not benefit cricket and we must avoid them by taking a mature and responsible path towards settling differences,” the new president noted.

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