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Let us talk


KOLKATA – Stating he has gone out of his way on several occasions to “reach out” to the players, president of the West Indies Cricket Board Dave Cameron has called on them for an attitude of compromise.

Speaking to the India media, Cameron said there was a need for discussion between the two parties to resolve the longstanding feud that has existed between them since he got elected in March 2013. 

The Indian tour boycott in October 2014, threat of pullouts over payment disputes ahead of numerous series and tournaments, differences among the board, selectors and the head coach are some of the headlines that have persisted during Cameron’s presidency which is into its second term after he was re-elected last March.

The biggest point of contention is that the players have refused to sign the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) put together by the WICB under Cameron and the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA). The players say they stand to lose a lot of money and want to revert to the previous arrangement.

Recently, Sammy said the players were unhappy with the remuneration offered by the WICB to participate in the World Twenty20 Tournament.  A sum of $27,600 for the entire tournament including the final was a “staggering reduction”, he had said. He also did not understand why the WICB could not “figure out” how much 25 per cent of the participation fee for playing in the ICC tournaments would amount to.

Cameron said he was happy to explain to Sammy and the team how the remuneration had been worked out.

“Even if I give them a million dollars they will still say it is not fair. One has to be reasonable,” Cameron said. “We need to compromise. We need to have a discussion. That is what I have been saying to them, ‘Let us sit down and let me explain to you where we are at.’ We have given up the two best months of our year for cricket – April and May. We are not playing any cricket because we have allowed them to come over to India and play in the IPL. Some of them are making $500,000, a million, a million and a half. Great. We have sacrificed that two months for you.

“We only have 52 weeks in a year. If you want to play Big Bash, Ram Slam and all those T20 tournaments, then we also need you to bring back the information and the experience to our players back home and also our sponsors who are sponsoring our tournaments who want to have our stars back home. You can’t want to play everywhere, the WICB has to call on your services either domestic or international, but then you want the WICB to pay you a nice, big, fat retainer.”

According to Sammy, West Indies are the best in the T20 format, a fact underlined by their second World T20 title, and hence he failed to understand why he and others who play only T20Is now were not given a contract. Cameron disagreed.

“Why would I retain you to play three-four matches a year? What are you doing for the WICB outside of playing two-three T20Is a year? We have to have some kind of consciousness about that,” Cameron said. “Unfortunately, the truth is I have reached out to the players, I have reached out to them individually. I have reached them through Jason [Holder, West Indies Test captain].”

Cameron pointed out that players, especially the seniors, were not “forthcoming” whenever he tried to talk to them about finding a way out. “They haven’t been forthcoming. It is interesting that Darren Sammy has these views and rightly so since it affects him personally,” Cameron said. “But we are running the sport. We can’t focus on any one player. And that is part of the mistakes we have been making for a very, very long time.”

Cameron was in India when West Indies reached the knockouts. He was in Nagpur when West Indies lost to Afghanistan in their final group match and he was in Mumbai when they beat India. In fact, he was staying in a hotel adjacent to the team hotel. Yet, he did not visit the players. Asked if such a move could be perceived as a sign of being closed and arrogant, Cameron disagreed. “But I am available, I have told them that,” he said. “I have told them directly. I have told them through the manager that I am available. They are next door in the Trident.”

He then pointed out that he had gone out of his way on more than one occasion, including having dinner with the players on the 2014-15 South Africa tour, to reach out to the team. Incidentally, most of the senior players were not present at that dinner, a fact Cameron conceded.

In Mumbai, Cameron said he had “not met all of them”, a move he called “deliberate” because he felt he would distract them. “They are staying next door. I haven’t been around them too much. And that is very, very deliberate. That’s very, very deliberate. I am staying next door, and not in the same hotel as well because sometimes players get a little nervous when the management is around them. They probably feel a little defensive. I don’t want to feel like I am spying on them. No, man, the relationship is good. It is where it needs to be, which is I’m the president of the organisation. They are the stars and they know that the WICB is supporting them in winning these tournaments.”

Cameron also dismissed the perception that the team won the World T20 despite the WICB.

Despite! Well, I don’t know how you get ‘despite’,” he said. “So who is the team representing here (laughs)? So it can’t be despite of. Winning the WT20 or being here in WT20 is because of what the WICB has done. The players here, where did they come from?”

Source: (cricinfo)

22 Responses to Let us talk

  1. Jean Worrell
    Jean Worrell April 5, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Do the honourable thing and resign !

  2. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox April 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    So he was in India. Does he understand the entire Caribbean is against him.

  3. Cyprian Greaves
    Cyprian Greaves April 5, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Guess he keeps a low profile, someone might use a stump on him, IDIOT.

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm
  5. Kool Rasta
    Kool Rasta April 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    this man like he came through an ass doe who vote he as president what’s his concept bout cricket the players or his stupid full mouth

  6. harry turnover April 5, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Cameron that is what you are telling yourself ? or were you scared that most of them would have WALKED past you again ?
    How come you want a discussion NOW and when the players wanted a discussion with you during the Indian fiasco YOU TOLD THEM YOU DON”T DISCUSS MATTERS WITH YOUR EMPLOYEES AND THAT IT MUST GO THROUGH WIPA ?
    I say to you Sammy…THROW IT BACK IN HE FACE..TELL HIM TO TALK TO WIPA and they will convey any nonsense he may have to say to you and furthermore any letters forwarded to you from him through WIPA would be kept in a safe place…..FILE 13.

  7. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde April 5, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Resign Boss man, you no #champion

  8. TRUFUL April 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    He is so bumb

  9. Roslyn Clarke
    Roslyn Clarke April 5, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Cameron said ” if he gave them a million dollars – first, you not giving them anything! They are working for a salary and you Mr Cameron do not pay their salaries. And what the hell you doing in India? What a waste of money! My team won a major championship and you didn’t even go celebrate with or congratulate the team! I hope the Indians kick you in your ass and band you from visiting their country!

  10. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow April 6, 2016 at 12:27 am

    The only talk should be…how soon u goin step down…

  11. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown April 6, 2016 at 1:51 am


  12. Don April 6, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Cameron and the WICB are making good points. Notwithstanding our win, the whole West Indies Cricket Development Program cannot be held hostage by 10 star players, who appear to put money first. If they are so convinced of their global earning potential let them form their own team and do their own thing wherever and whenever they want. You cannot want to put “West Indies” on your back and then only be concerned about yourselves.
    You have to give back to that which birthed you.
    Changing the Board will not change the attitude of the players, as a matter of fact, right now that monster is being fed.
    The only way through this I see is dialogue with an underpinning of maturity, compromise and concern for the future of West Indies Cricket on both sides.

  13. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 6, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Cameron from what little that I know, the West Indies right after Peter Short step down as part of the board chairmanship that overseer West Indies Cricket during that era, the board has not been without dispute from that time on. You are now considered to be the main issue to the controversy that hangs over West Indies Cricket. You are too personal to be of any good towards progressing West Indies Cricket. Time you and the entire board to be removed and the formation of a new board under a specific mandate of Caribbean leaders be enacted.

  14. Adrian Hinds April 6, 2016 at 8:53 am

    So many of our fellow West Indians indeed many citizens of the Old British Empire, particularly those born pre-1960 are be-saddle with a management style born of imperialism – That old Master servant approach to relationships of all kinds is so evident in our politics, our institutions, even our familial relationships. These situations will always be with us if we do not come to terms with the historical origins of what drives our behaviors – Some may have grown up stupid under the Union Jack, but they do not have to act that way as adults – those of us born post-1960 will not tolerate or be accommodating of such beliefs and management styles.

    • margaret p April 6, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Exactly, Adrian Hinds! As soon as anyone challenges a person with decision-making power, the push back is swift and harsh; akin to “who you tink you is, boy?”

      Look at Cameron’s tweet; “”When is the last time a critic paid one of your bills? Always remember that when you start to give them your energy.” That was meant to demean and threaten at the same time. “I does pay you boy, so you better watch yuhself”

      They can continue to change, reconfigure, reconstruct to their hearts’ content. If we don’t understand our behaviours and the root thereof, all attempts will lead us back to the same point. Despair!

  15. Alex Alleyne April 6, 2016 at 9:05 am

    This clown using Jason Holder and putting him in a very uncomfortable position. No wonder he did not get to play a game in India in the T20.

  16. Sarifa Patel April 6, 2016 at 10:32 am

    One word for this dumbo for whom the whole Caribbean region has lost all respect for RESIGN. You are not even fit to run a chicken farm even less so a WICB.
    Good leaders get people to follow but obviously you are not one, so get lost, go home you are not needed.

  17. Gregory April 6, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I would appreciate my fellow countrymen not speak on my behalf because I most certainly don’t think that winning the world cup absolves the players of the responsibility to be mature and professional in their dealings with the board, the press, etc. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Changing the board may help, just as changing some of the players who represent the people of our region. So reasonable minds are needed for sustained improvement in our regional cricket. Let’s hope the triple crowns are the impetus everyone needs to do better for the region.

  18. Felly April 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Trying my best to be objective about his article. But something about his tone is not in keeping with modern day best practice management styles.

    Whilst I agree that there should be compromise. He need to read some books of successful business and adopt some of their management lessons learnt and the players will respect you more.

    A good leader sees himself as a colleague not a boss

  19. Lee A April 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I am very much tempted to draft a leader to the heads of CARICOM to ask that some action be taken. His leadership of the WICB is leading to embarrassment for our countries on an International scale.

  20. Sue Donym April 6, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I hope that those who back-pedalled and back raised to return Mr Cameron to the board presidency understand what they have done.

    The gentleman was in place before the team had gear… priorities! He previously went out of his way to have dinner with players. What a man! He let them know he is available by not letting them know he was next door. Yes, Mr Cameron, looks like you have all your DUCKS in a row.

  21. RC April 6, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I have searched and searched and searched and cannot find any records of Mr Cameron’s distinguished Cricket career. I blame all of the Caribbean Cricket boards (except Barbados) who had the chance to send the man packing and backed down.


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