Former West Indies senior team Manager, Ricky Skerritt has been announced the new President of Cricket West Indies, after elections in Jamaica, earlier this afternoon.
Skerritt, who was also the former Minister of Tourism for St. Kitts and Nevis from 2004 to 2015, defeated incumbent, Dave Cameron 8 – 4, while his running mate, Dr Kishore Shallow who challenged Emmanuel Nanthan also won the same margin.
Skerritt, during an exclusive interview with KYSS FM, expressed happiness at being given the opportunity to serve and indicated that he was humbled by the support he and his running mate received, especially from the icons of West Indies cricket.
By the official count, Skerritt and his running mate Dr Kishore Shallow defeated incumbents Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan by an 8-4 margin. Unofficially, it is reported that Skerritt and Shallow managed to secure the support of Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Camron’s home nation Jamaica. The incumbents Cameron and Nantan are believed to have received the support of Barbados and Guyana.
The result ended a three-term spell for the Jamaican, which spanned a six-year period. Cameron was first elected to the office in 2013 when he toppled former St Lucian diplomat Julian Hunte, to whom he had served as vice-president from 2007 until he took office. During his tenure, Cameron has been credited with implementing improved retainer contracts for players and officials, restructuring the regional competitions and improved relations with the West Indies Player’s Association (WIPA). On his watch, the Windies team while struggling in the world rankings, claimed two T20 world titles, and the women’s and youth titles.