Ricky Skerritt has hit back at comments made by Cricket West Indies president, Dave Cameron, cautioning the regional governing body’s lead administrator not to make the issue of “turmoil” central to the election campaign.
Skerritt, a former tourism and sports minister here, is challenging Cameron for the CWI presidency at elections scheduled for March 24 in Jamaica.
In a radio interview during the second One-Day International against England in Barbados last week, Cameron said while Skerritt had “done a lot as minister in St Kitts”, what he was best remembered for was his period as West Indies team manager and “the turmoil that occurred during those years.
“If Cameron wants to talk about turmoil, perhaps he can explain why former head coaches, Otis Gibson, Phil Simmons, and the several others who Cameron hastily and summarily dismissed, from both the men’s and women’s teams, have collectively cost CWI well over US$1million,” Skerritt said in a statement yesterday.
Pointing to the abandoned tour of India in 2014 and the perceived blacklisting of two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy after he was publicly critical of Cameron, Skerritt said both situations had been “stimulated and mismanaged directly by Cameron’s insensitivity and stubbornness”.
“These tumultuous instances have caused significant damage to the CWI reputation, commercial health, and team performance.
Cameron really should not allow the subject of ‘turmoil’ to become the feature of this campaign,” Skerritt warned.
As far as his tenure as Windies manager was concerned, Skerritt said it was a period of relative success, unlike the present era of West Indies cricket.