Sacked interim West Indies coach Richard Pybus believes the regional team was on the verge of something special before his abrupt dismissal at the hands of the new Cricket West Indies (CWI) administration a few months ago.

Pybus, who was previously held the role of director of cricket, was controversially appointed to the post by former CWI boss Dave Cameron, in December of last year.  Despite the ferocious debate, however, Pybus got off to a flying start after overseeing the team to a 2-1 win in a three-Test series against England.  The Windies also held England to a 2-2 draw the preceding three-match One-Day International.

Following the defeat of Cameron in the CWI elections by the Ricky Skerritt led team, however, Pybus was replaced with interim coach Floyd Reifer.  The move was particularly controversial with the World Cup only a few weeks away and captain Jason Holder later requesting that the change be made after the tournament.  

“Of all the sides I have coached around the world, this group was fantastic. We had a very good understanding as a collective group,” Pybus told the Jamaica Gleaner.

“The attitude was right, and we had mutual respect and belief as to what we wanted to achieve as a whole, and this team was ready to start winning,” he added.

“We had some really good guys in our back-room staff, guys such as Vasbert Drakes, Mushtaq Ahmed, Toby Radford, and Esuan Crandon. All these guys did an excellent job. The players responded to them well as most of them are well known around the region.”

“I have had persons tell me that they loved the way the team played in that England series with passion and aggression,” Pybus said.

 “That is the philosophy that we wanted across the board, and yes, I am disappointed that I was not able to carry on, but that is the nature of a democratic process, and these things do happen.”

 

Former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron has accused his detractors of wanting overnight success and promised to write a tell-all memoir about his time in office.

Following a three-term spell in charge of the regional governing body, Cameron was defeated by Ricky Skerritt earlier this year.  The Jamaican had served as head of the association since defeating Julian Hunte in 2013.

During his time in charge, 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).  The Windies team while struggling in the world rankings, also claimed two T20 world titles, and the women’s and youth titles.

“We tried to implement certain things within West Indies cricket but I think, as a people, we want success but we don’t want to understand the road to get to success because it doesn’t happen overnight,” Cameron told the Good Morning Jojo Show.

“ We had a very successful home series earlier this year against England which I thought made a lot of people happy…but that’s not what we want; we want something else, and so I will keep those thoughts and I will commit them to writing at some point in time,” he added.

“I’ve been a part of organisations that have very high standards and I tried to implement that at West Indies cricket.  I tried to ensure West Indies cricket survived and I can say that I don’t believe anybody in management or leadership has the wrong views or different views from myself on West Indies cricket, but we just all have different ways of achieving those results.”

 Former Cricket West Indies President Dave Cameron was on Thursday returned unopposed as president of the Kensington Cricket Club at their Annual General Meeting held at the Kensington Clubhouse.

Cameron has led the club’s executive now for 18 years and said his focus will now be on “transforming the club into a first-world club in the next couple of years.”

The first vice president is Wavell Hinds while David Bernard Jr is the second vice president. Hinds has also succeeded Robert Haynes as the club’s technical director. Haynes is on duty a CWI selector. Hayes was lauded for his years of service to the club.

 Meanwhile, Major Radcliffe Daley is the Treasurer and KelliDawn Hamilton, Assistant Treasurer. Former CWI Communications boss Carole Beckford is the Honorary Secretary and Wayne Lewis the Assistant Secretary.

Brian Blair is Club Captain with Jamie Hay and Jamar Symester, the player representatives. Major Marlon Kennedy and Lorna Litchmore have been made Executive Members.

In expressing his delight at being returned to the top office, Cameron said he wanted “Kensington to be the place where a young and aspiring cricketer would want to be a part of.”

The club marks 140 years of existence this year. They will celebrate the milestone on the weekend of October 11 – 14, 2019 when there will be a church service, brunch and cricket matches featuring its past and current players. There will also be a party at the clubhouse.

Cameron said the club will also initiate activities to identify the role cricket has played in the community, show the impact all the great cricketers have had on the community, Jamaica, the West Indies and the world, as well as help re-focus the community on how it can re-engage residents to continue the path to growth and development.

Kensington won the JCA All Island T20 competition, which ended last month, and the club performed creditably in the Junior Cup, which they won in 2018.

The club is also participating in the 50-overs all-island competition and the Kingston Wharves under 15 competition.

Kensington plays away to the Jamaica Defence Force on Saturday, July 27 in the JCA 50-overs match. The game starts at 10 am.

 

 

 

 

Former West Indies and Jamaica player Robert Haynes is expected to replace Courtney Brown as chairman of selectors, recent reports have claimed.

The 54-year-old Haynes who recently serves as head coach of the Jamaica Scorpions in the recently concluded West Indies Championship is expected to be one of a few changes announced by new Cricket West Indies (CWI) boss Ricky Skerritt in a press conference in Antigua on Thursday.  Skerritt recently replaced Dave Cameron as head of the regional body in the CWI elections.

Other changes expected to be made are the axing of interim West Indies coach Richard Pybus who took over as coach of the team in January.  Pybus who previously served as head of the high-performance centre in 2018 and Windies Director of Cricket from 2013 to 2016 seemed off to a promising start in the job.  Under Pybus, the Windes defeated England after winning the Test series 2-1 and sharing the ODIs 2-2 to lift the team’s confidence ahead of the World Cup.

The Windies squad for the upcoming triangular series in Ireland and the World Cup is also expected to be selected on Wednesday.

 

 

Former West Indies coach, Phil Simmons, may be back at the helm of the team he was unceremoniously dropped from if what he says is anything to go by. 

Former president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Wycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron has expressed disappointment with the outcome of the organization’s elections, which saw Ricky Skerritt installed as new head of the organization 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.

Although the final vote if yet to be confirmed, initial reports suggest Skerritt won the election after securing support from Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Cameron’s home nation of 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 was he 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.”

Former West Indies Cricket team manager Ricky Skerritt has been appointed as the new president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) after securing the necessary votes at the association’s Annual General Meeting, at the Jamaica Pegasus on Sunday.

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. 

Heading into the election the Kittitian Skerritt had painted the incumbent as not having enough of a pro-cricket stance with his governance and failing to commit to the establishment of term limits.   

Cricket West Indies presidential candidate, Ricky Skerritt, had one final message before Sunday’s election for the post takes place in Jamaica on Sunday – vote for change. 

The Ricky Skerritt campaign to become the next Cricket West Indies president has continued to gain momentum with two more former players offering support to it. 

Citing the development of regional cricket via the professional cricket league as his main reason, recently retired Windies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul is backing the incumbent Dave Cameron to serve another term as CWI president.

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has added his voice to a throng of former players throwing their support behind the duo of Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow ahead of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) president elections on Sunday.

Two former captains of the regional team Clive Lloyd, Sir Vivian Richards and a former fast bowler Andy Roberts have already thrown their weight behind the challengers.  In endorsing the candidates, the former captains seemed to offer very little praise for the current admiration, despite many pointing to numerous achievements.  Sammy, who last played for the regional team in 2016, sang a similar tune.

“Do not be fooled again by Cameron and Nanthan,” Sammy said via a Facebook Live post.

“Do not believe in any last-minute political propaganda. Cameron only cares about himself, and he cares little about West Indies cricket and the cricketers. I have worked under the leadership of both Dave Cameron and Emmanuel and I can honestly say for sure these two do not have the cricket at heart. And for this reason, I am asking the CWI voters to do the right thing this coming Sunday in Jamaica and vote for change,” he added.

 “Twelve years in leadership is enough to see what Cameron can do, or has not done and that is why I am supporting Ricky Skerritt and Kishore Shallow as they look to make the change, the well-deserved change in West Indies cricket and its administration. Do the right thing. It’s time for change. Cameron, your time is up. Vote Skerritt and Shallow. Do the right thing.”

Sammy and Cameron have not always seen eye to eye with the outspoken former captain criticising the administration, in a post-final interview, after claiming the T20 World Cup title in 2016.

A Cricket West Indies (CWI) press release has refuted claims in an ESPN Cricinfo article that its president, Dave Cameron, asked for an increase in his monthly expenses and that this is exorbitant. 

With a Cricket West Indies (CWI) election just about a week away, the Dave Cameron-led organization is having to clear the air over the sacking of former coach Phil Simmons. 

Former Windies captain, Sir Vivian Richards, arguably one of the greatest batsmen of all time, has thrown his support behind Ricky Skerritt and Dr, Kishore Shallow, in their bid to win the presidency of Cricket West Indies.

Cricket West Indies President Dave Cameron is denying that the close relationship between the West Indies Players Association and Cricket West Indies serves as a way of ostracising players who may not be happy with the way the region's governing body is handling affairs that affect them. 

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