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Cameron not the man for the job, says Grenada leader

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Mitchell (left) and Cameron

(CMC) – The former chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, has given a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Dave Cameron.

Speaking on Starcom Network’s Mason and Guest cricket show here, the veteran Grenada leader said while he had no personal issues with Cameron, the CWI top administrator’s management style left a lot to be desired.

Cameron is going for a fourth successive term as CWI president at elections set for March.

“I don’t have any problem with Dave Cameron as a person. We had a very good relationship but as far as his management style of West Indies cricket [is concerned], I don’t have a lot of respect for it so I don’t think my position on that has changed,” said Mitchell, who has clashed with Cameron in the past over his handling of issues in West Indies cricket.

“I think he sometimes takes it personally but it’s not to do with Dave the person by itself – it’s his leadership of West Indies cricket that I have problems with, and I would not be able to change my position on that particular issue.

“I don’t think his attitude and mindset will take West Indies cricket forward and that position has not changed. If anything, since I left [as sub-committee chairman], everything I’ve heard has reinforced that position that I held before.”

Under Mitchell’s chairmanship, CARICOM authorized the controversial Governance Review Report, which among other recommendations, called for the “immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and the appointment of an Interim Board”.

Mitchell then led efforts to have the report implemented but was met by fierce resistance from Cameron-led CWI which branded the chief recommendation as “impractical” and an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”.

Under Cameron, tension between senior players and the board has worsened, while the international men’s team has continued to languish near the bottom of the Test and one-day standings.

Ahead of the 2015 CWI election, St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister and current sub-committee chairman, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, branded Cameron’s leadership as “extremely poor” and urged territorial boards to “tell him to take a break and come back at a later date, perhaps with more mature, renewed skills of leadership”.

While Cameron and vice-president, Emmanuel Nanthan, were subsequently re-elected unopposed for a third term in 2017, they are expected to face opposition at the upcoming polls.

And Mitchell believes neither Cameron nor Nanthan were suitable candidates to address the issues that currently face Caribbean cricket.

“I have no problem with Dave the person but I have problems with Dave the president of [Cricket West Indies] and I think I like to separate the two,” he reiterated.

“It’s similar to Nanthan, I don’t have a problem with Nanthan the individual but I certainly would not be able to vote for Nanthan representing West Indies cricket, because I certainly don’t think their views are consistent with what I think West Indies cricket needs at this particular time.”

Cameron, 47, was elected for the first time in 2013 when he took over from former St. Lucian diplomat, Julian Hunte.

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4 comments

  1. SETH BLATTER OF CRICKET

    Not sure if all the blame for '...West Indies Cricket Woes' should be heaped on one man's shoulder; be it
    (i) ...the Manager; (ii) ...the Team; or (iii) ...the Coach; or (iv) ...the electoral processes.'

    For years, only a few within the political director had the testicular fortitude to express displeasure with one critical aspect of what may be easily be called the regional cricket institution- its management.

    The more they talk, seemingly it is the same individual who is re-elected to manage.

    Shall an apparent thorn in the cricket institution be allowed to become the '...Seth Blatter of Cricket?'

    They might wish to read how Kurt Von Hammerstein had used these words in the management of a regiment in the German Army. The words;

    CLEVER...

    DILIGENT...

    STUPID...

    LAZY ...

    These characteristic elements were wittily coined and used to describe how people in an organization should be positioned or removed [Wikipedia].

    Coined together '...Stupid and industrious,' the Army General said they shall be '...immediately removed.'

    Not quite sure which are the elements applicable to Dave Cameron.

    Know that they can take the manager out of cricket, but certainly cannot take his managerial style out of him.

    However, if it has to do with '...Stupidity,' then likened to his counterpart Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who had also expressed similar sentiments, then both might be singing from the same '...Cricket Hymnal.'

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  2. I used to be the most ardent WI cricket fan. All through the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, I was there with them until 2014. I do not follow WI cricket any more.

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  3. I totally agree with you Mr. Prime Minister. Mr. Cameron has sought to influence West Indies cricket based on his personal likes and dislikes and has somehow been able to influence others to follow suit.
    His presence has bred insularity, grief and low morale not only amongst players but amongst supporters of our team worldwide.

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  4. Well said, both Jimmy Adams (butt kisser) and Courtney Browne has to follow suit as well. It not you as men but your style of leadership is left to be desired. Step down or vote yourselves out this coming election. And do not make a secret election as the last time where you claimed to be unopposed. Do the right thing!

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