Defeated Cameron thought he was dealing with “men of integrity”
Former president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Wycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron has expressed disappointment with the outcome of the organisation’s elections, which saw Ricky Skerritt installed as new head of the organisation on Sunday.
Ahead of the election, the 47-year-old Cameron, a three-term incumbent, was confident he had at least secured six votes heading into the association’s decisive vote. His prediction would at the very least have secured a tie and a second round of voting. At the end of Sunday’s count, however, Cameron lost by an 8-4 margin.
Initial reports suggest Skerritt won the election after securing support from Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Cameron’s home nation Jamaica.
Cameron is believed to have secured support from Guyana and Barbados. Although the incumbent would not have been counting on the support of his home nation, it was previously announced that he had secured the support of the previously mentioned teams.
“I trusted the process. I thought that we were men of integrity and I banked on that,” Cameron said.
“From where I am standing, I am very disappointed that men gave me their word and then went a different way, but that’s elections all around and I think we have a lot to be proud of,” he added.
Despite being deposed, Cameron insisted he was proud of his accomplishments and excited about the future of West Indies cricket, should it maintain its current trajectory. He believes a need for more autonomy may have contributed to the result.
“The views expressed seemed to suggest that everyone wanted to do their own thing. My own view is we have a strategic plan and a board of directors and we have decided in a particular direction that everyone can’t go off and do their own thing.” (Sportsmax)