Cameron under fire for Gayle retweet


West Indies cricket chief Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron was blasted for apparently retweeting a demand for outspoken opener Chris Gayle to be given “a retirement package”.

In the latest controversy to hit the World Cup team, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Cameron’s behaviour was condemned as “unacceptable” by players’ representatives.

The drama unfolded during the Windies’ match against Pakistan at Christchurch yesterday when Gayle was out for four, stretching his run without a century in ODI cricket to 20 matches.

One fan tweeted: “Gayle goes… Can’t buy a run. Let’s give him a retirement package … Can’t fail repeatedly and still front up based on reputation.”

Cameron then apparently retweeted the post even as the match was ongoing.

The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), often at loggerheads with the WICB in a long-standing battle over contracts and payments, immediately denounced Cameron.

“WIPA is extremely disturbed by the unacceptable re-tweeting by Mr Dave Cameron, President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), of a negative “fan” tweet which was directed at our member Mr Christopher Gayle,” said a statement.

“That Mr Cameron’s retweet came in the middle of the West Indies team’s critical game against Pakistan renders it even more unacceptable.”

WIPA chief executive Wavell Hinds added: “We denounce any such behaviour by any official of the WICB in any given circumstance.”

Hinds has in recent times enjoyed a close relationship with Cameron. Both are members of the Kensington Cricket Club, east of the Jamaica capital, Kingston.

Other cricket enthusiasts blasted Cameron for the retweet, one of them calling his action ‘infantile’.

Cameron, who is seeking re-election, apologised for his actions and removed the post from his account.

“No offense intended. Full apologies extended. Rally round the West Indies,” he wrote on davec51.

On the eve of the World Cup, Gayle had accused the WICB of victimisation after Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were axed from the squad for their roles in the abandoned tour of India last year.

Gayle has since been summoned to appear before a disciplinary board to explain his comments. He received a letter on Tuesday, February 18, signed by Richard Pybus, the West Indies Board’s director of cricket, citing irregular conduct on his part.

Despite the controversy, the West Indies went on to defeat Pakistan by 150 runs at Hagley Oval in their second World Cup match on Friday, following their shock opening loss to minnows Ireland a week earlier.

The annual general meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Saturday, March 7.

Cameron, who is under fire for his handling of the aborted tour by the West Indies of India late last year, is being challenged for the post of president by legendary Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Joel “Big Bird” Garner.

The post of vice president will also be decided. (AFP/Jamaica Observer)

24 Responses to Cameron under fire for Gayle retweet

  1. PhatKat Kalonji
    PhatKat Kalonji February 22, 2015 at 11:31 am

    The wicb is the problem with wi cricket…head bad ..body bad

  2. Haroon Chothia
    Haroon Chothia February 22, 2015 at 11:48 am


  3. Haroon Chothia
    Haroon Chothia February 22, 2015 at 11:48 am


  4. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis February 22, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    It baffles me greatly why the powers that be want to put this infantile nitwit back in a position where he is not capable of handling. He has destroyed and will continue to destroy the little image that WI cricket still has in the cricketing community.

    • Melissa S Rollins
      Melissa S Rollins February 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Continue is right because as of March he will be back in!!

  5. G.G Billingy
    G.G Billingy February 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Yah, but gayle needs to score runs with his bat not his mouth. Him ah dead weight right now thats the reality. The president should go yes but not cause of gayle comm

    • Melissa S Rollins
      Melissa S Rollins February 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Cameron has been dead weight for ages & he is not going where!

  6. Thomas Hugh Edward Katt
    Thomas Hugh Edward Katt February 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    What else can you expect from a moron. And he’s not going to pay back India out of his pocket for sure. WI cricket will continue to suffer.

  7. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde February 22, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    He is such a dimwit!

  8. Rosalind Best
    Rosalind Best February 22, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    The timing of Cameron’s criticim is wrong but Chris Gayle needs to get going and score some runs. He looks lost out there and frankly bored.

    • Thomas Hugh Edward Katt
      Thomas Hugh Edward Katt February 22, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Cameron is the last person to be criticising anyone. Look at the mess he has WI cricket in! Gayle is liked world wide. Cameron the opposite.

    • Rosalind Best
      Rosalind Best February 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Thomas the bottom line is that Gayle is not producing.

      • harry turnover February 24, 2015 at 7:40 am

        Rosalind , THE bottom line IS that it was UNBECOMING of a HEAD of the WICB.

    • Melissa S Rollins
      Melissa S Rollins February 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Players have seasons like that! And of course it sucks at a wc! But we are team & need to play as such! Some body else needs to take the baton!! I really find hard to believe a guy with an ego the size of America would be bored on a world stage such as the World Cup! West Indies fans are so easy to forget players! I really hope Chris comes out of this slump asap!! To silence the haters!
      Cameron has been screwing up consistently but guess what he will get back in!! He thinks he is invincible & it really seems he is!

  9. villager. February 22, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Dave Cameron is a man who is arrogant and totally full of himself. west indies cricket though down in the doldrums is certainly better off without him, i totally agree with prime minister Gonsalves he should be gotten rid of.

  10. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas February 22, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    all of dem is jamaicans so I keeping out of it, if the leewards guyana,windwards can support the man,we have no other choice but to grin and bear it

  11. Walter Prescod
    Walter Prescod February 23, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Get this man Cameron out of our cricket

    • Nathaniel Prescod
      Nathaniel Prescod February 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Since he has been at the helm it’s been nothing but turmoil!

    • Walter Prescod
      Walter Prescod February 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      When the head is bad the whole body suffers.

  12. Alex Alleyne February 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Let Cameron keep his job at WICB. Let him continue to deal with the India issue . He said , he can’t lose . I do hope his words are true .


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