Wavell Hinds, president and CEO of the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), says he is looking forward to a fruitful relationship with newly elected Cricket West Indies (CWI) p resident Ricky Skerritt, in a continued effort to ensure that the well-being of players is taken care of.
Hinds made the declaration while congratulating Skerritt and his vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow, who unseated Jamaican Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron and his vice-president and running mate, Emmanuel Nanthan 8-4 in the elections on Sunday.
The 62-year-old Skerritt, a former St Kitts and Nevis tourism minister, will guide the association over the next two years.
Having seemingly enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with the previous administration, Hinds also lauded the contribution of Cameron and Nanthan during their three consecutive terms in office, dating back to 2013.
“We want to say thanks from a players’ association standpoint to former president Cameron and former VP Nanthan, and to welcome and congratulate president Skerritt and vice-president Shallow. It’s a new role, it’s a very big task; the challenges that face West Indies Cricket internally and externally are great and they have a big job to take on.
The election was expected to be a nail-biting one with the possibility of both candidates ending up in a dead heat.
Prior to Sunday’s votes Cameron secured the nominations of Barbados, Guyana, and the Windward Islands, and that ensured him of six votes; while Skerritt had the backing of Trinidad and Tobago, the Leeward Islands and Jamaica, assuring him of four votes.
However, by the turn of events Cameron’s allies had a late change of heart, as he lost two votes to Skerritt.
Hinds, a former Jamaica and West Indies batsman who was once a representative of the Kensington Cricket Club of which Cameron is president, was diplomatic in his response to the outcome.
“It is a democratic organisation and I think today is another symbol that there is a democratic process that goes on. West Indies Cricket belongs to the entire Caribbean, and no one is above the rules or the guidelines of Cricket West Indies,” Hinds stated.