Cameron defends leadership style

West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, has made no apology for his controversial leadership style but says mutual respect must be the critical element in the relationship between himself and senior players.

During his tenure as president, the Jamaican has come under fire from some players and critics who have often lambasted his leadership approach but the region’s chief cricket administrator pushed back on the idea that likeability was important in achieving harmonious relations with the West Indies team.

“The players don’t play for Dave Cameron. The players play for West Indies and for the region,” Cameron was quoted by the Observer newspaper as saying on a radio sports show here this week.

“My style is what it is and you don’t have to like your boss to work with him. Once you can respect each other’s position, then I think we could move forward.”

Cameron’s hands-off approach was blamed for the collapsed tour of India two years ago which resulted in an impasse with the powerful Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) and a subsequent claim of US$42 million in damages.

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who helped mediate the impasse between the board and the players during that dispute, also described Cameron’s leadership as “poor” and “embarrassing” and argued he needed to take a break from his current role and return when he had developed more “mature, renewed skills of leadership.”

WICB President Dave Cameron

And Twenty20 star, Dwayne Bravo, slammed him as “arrogant and immature” for his relationship with the team during the successful Twenty20 World Cup campaign earlier this year.

But Cameron, who will shortly be seeking a third consecutive term at the helm, says he was driven in large part by his respect for the players.

“I’ve always had a lot of respect for the talents of our players and former players and that’s why we do what we do,” he pointed out.

“I’ve been in cricket for well over 35 years. It’s not something I started doing last week, so I have a very great and deep appreciation for the game and for our legends, which is why I do what I do.”

Last month, the WICB moved to improve its relations with players by hosting them in a symposium in Fort Lauderdale. The event was aimed at improving dialogue on controversial issues like the Memorandum of Understanding/Collective Bargaining Agreement, and player eligibility.

Cameron said the success of the venture would only be assessed with time.

“Where we are will be better known when we see the results of the discussion,” he noted.

“The major issue is always around the eligibility of the players to participate in West Indies cricket, and we had some very fruitful discussions and some ideas.

“I am expecting some kind of a draft or suggestions or recommendations coming through to the WICB for us to review,” he said.


Source: CMC

12 Responses to Cameron defends leadership style

  1. Alex Alleyne September 10, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Back in the 60’s the word was “on the job the boss is the enemy”, but you must work with him. maybe the Prez is still way back there.
    In this day and age one must be ‘political correct’.
    First we must smash the boards that vote for any Prez.

  2. Coralita September 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I gine wait and see if wunna gine give this arrogant, blind idiot a third consecutive term to continue to ruin West Indies Cricket.

    The man don’t see anything wrong with his leadership style which has consistently come under fire. RED FLAG!!!

  3. Tony Webster September 11, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Hmmm…when the time comes , a suitable statue shall be erected at Kensington Oval, made of environmentally-friendly plastic, in honour of all this gentleman has achieved. Yes, it will be located at the rear of the Oval, inside the gents washroom…and right next to the urinals. It might get splashed occasionally…but that’s just cricket!

  4. Phil September 11, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Simple. The same people that hired him should be the ones to fire him. I know if Forbes Burnham was still around Cameron would not be where he is, and WI would still the #1 team in the world. Guess ALL the current leaders are just poo poo

  5. Sunshine Sunny Shine September 11, 2016 at 6:07 am

    If you are holding out to that flawed position, you are truly an idiot. Your leadership style is the centre of much dispute, yet you dear to defend it by talking a bunch of BS. The players are the key to successes that use to be West Indies Cricket, not you. Peter Short had his share of controversies but he understood West Indies Cricket, and he understood the importance of keeping the players focus and comfortable. Your role is to facilitate and administrate in a similar way not behave like you are their master. You are not there to lord over them like Massa. Your head too big for you see pass your ignorance.

  6. harry turnover September 11, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Cameron is indeed an arrogant and stubborn President but he and the Board are not the ones responsible for the demise of West Indies cricket.
    Anyone who follows cricket would tell you that it the attitude of some players ( mostly senior) and the insularity which continues to be rampant across the region.
    If those Prime Ministers across the region are serious about removing Cameron ,they must first persuade their local Boards to change their members,until then Cameron will be RE-ELECTED by the same Boards that elected him in the first place.
    One must also remember that sometime ago Bdos’ 2 representatives on the Board said they found nothing wrong with the way Cameron was running things.

  7. The Negrocrat September 11, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Pack he back to he ma-ma,
    pack he back to he ma.
    An arrogant failure for a leader he is
    pack he back to he ma.

  8. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 11, 2016 at 7:34 am

    The worst person ever to lead the westindies..Your style remember me about what I heard about slavery. you like yes don’t like people who opened there mouth and tell you, like it is.Simmons tried it and look what happened to him.Tell the Caribbean people why the captain was taken away from Sammy,also Bravo.why Ambrose was fired also Lloyd.You will like Brown because he is a yes man.

  9. ABovellInBarbados
    ABovellInBarbados September 11, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Enough talk, something has got to be done about this man .

  10. Nicole Renee
    Nicole Renee September 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    He needs to resign….he has no respect for the players.

  11. Sue Donym September 11, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Cameron defends leadership style
    … as did Mussolini
    … as did Hitler
    … as did Duvalier
    … as did Stuart

  12. Zeus September 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Did the demise of West Indies cricket started with the president ….some of you may not like the man’s style but history will show that he as president claimed three world championships ……how is it the senior men’s team got issues with the board but not the women or the junior men’s team …….


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