Ricky Skerritt, the newly elected President of Cricket West Indies, has issued a name for regional unity after ending the six-year reign of his precedessor, Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, within the board elections in Kingston on Sunday.
Skerritt, West Indies’ former group supervisor, obtained eight votes to 4 in a secret poll carried out in the course of the CWI Annual Basic Assembly. His working mate, Dr Kishore Shallow, was elected vice-president instead of Emmanuel Nanthan by the identical margin.
And, in his first public assertion since taking workplace, Skerritt has pledged to direct the board’s focus in direction of grassroots cricket, and has known as on the area’s stakeholders to observe swimsuit for the larger good of the sport.
“I need to thank the regional cricket household for the religion, belief and perception they’ve positioned in me by making this selection,” Skerritt mentioned.
“The President of Cricket West Indies not solely has to guide an organisation in an ever altering international sports activities trade that requires revolutionary, recent thought processes however I additionally need to be a steward for the sport.
“I’ve dedicated myself to serve you and this recreation in a clear, open and respectful method. Cricket West Indies is owned by all the individuals of the Caribbean and as such I’m right here to serve and uphold your curiosity.”
“West Indies cricket wants quite a lot of stakeholders, we want previous cricketers, sponsors, governments who’re concerned in youth improvement to work with us to deliver higher grassroots programmes, that’s the place our emphasis goes to be.
Skerritt takes workplace amid an upturn in West Indies’ on-field fortunes, following a memorable Check sequence win in opposition to England earlier this yr, and with a number of senior gamers reaching a rapprochement with the board after some high-profile disputes lately.
Off the sphere, nevertheless, the board stays mired in a dispute with their former coach, Phil Simmons, who’s suing for constructive dismissal following his sacking in 2016 – a problem that mirrored poorly on Cameron when CWI was compelled to simply accept legal responsibility in a case that’s anticipated to end in damages of least US$300,000.
Cameron’s tenure was additional undermined when a succession of former West Indies captains – Darren Sammy, Sir Vivian Richards and Clive Lloyd – all got here out in help of Skerritt’s marketing campaign.
“To the individuals of the area, your help and stress dropped at bear to your territorial board heads, calling for change was profitable. I’m accountable to you; and my group will present the course, hearken to your concepts and chart a path ahead for all of us to hitch on. Rebuilding West Indies cricket is a joint effort.”
Dr Shallow, whose profession exterior cricket has been in-built IT, promised to construct on their Cricket First marketing campaign promise.
“Our plan is to deal with not simply the skilled improvement of our senior gamers, however to make use of the sport of cricket and the large platform of Cricket West Indies in bettering the event of younger cricketers throughout the area in our grassroots programmes,” he mentioned.