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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 5, 2015
Embattled incumbent president
of the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB), Dave Cameron, is set to
receive a challenge from former
Test pacer Joel Garner when the
regional cricket board hosts it
annual general meeting on March
7. T&T Guardian understands that
Garner and T&T s Baldath Mahabir
will be throwing their hat into the
ring for the post of president and
vice-president respectively. They
will come up against Cameron and
his vice-president Emmanuel Nan-
than from the Windward Islands.
The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB)
held an executive meeting last
evening and they decided that they
will support Garner while nomi-
nating their own director Baldath
Mahabir as his running mate. Both
names will make the nomination
deadline of February 14.
Garner, who is president of the
Barbados Cricket Association (BCA)
will be nominated by his board and
is expected to be seconded by the
TTCB. Mahabir will be nominated
by the TTCB and seconded by the
The key to tilting the challenge
their way came from Jamaica on
Tuesday night, when the Jamaica
Cricket Association (JCA) voted
10-6 in favour of supporting Gar-
ner and Mahabir for the two top
posts. Sources close to the situation
is saying that Cameron has six
votes, coming from Windwards,
Leewards and Guyana.
However, another source close
to the situation says that the Wind-
wards will split their votes and this
would give the combination of Gar-
ner and Mahabir the edge at the
elections. Cameron and Nanton
are both in their first terms as pres-
ident and vice-president and their
tenure has been tainted by the cur-
rent fallout with the Board of Con-
trol for Cricket in India (BCCI),
over the aborted tour.
A number of individuals has
called for their heads, including
the Prime Minister of St Vincent
and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gon-
zalves. Earlier this week, president
of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath said
he was not considering running
against Cameron as he thinks the
time is not right for that just yet.
The TTCB has been touted as the
best run cricket association in the
Caribbean and Bassarath has gotten
many calls for him to give it a shot.
He and his executive have however,
decided to support his right hand
man Mahabir for the post of vice-
president, while supporting Garner
for the top post.
After Saturday s nomination is
closed, the candidates will be look-
ing to meet with directors from
around the region to garner their
support. However, Cameron has
already been making the rounds
and has met with the BCA and
JCA so far.
GEORGETOWN---Batting legend Alvin Kallicharran
wants to see more regional coaches involved in West
Indies cricket, and believes this will be essential to
The former captain argued that West Indian coaches
would be better able to communicate with regional
players, and pointed out that outstanding former
players were best suited for these coaching roles.
"Coaches should have to communicate with envi-
ronment. The coaches we need must be involved in
the environment that [has] produced," Kallicharran
"They must know how West Indian people operate,
how to handle them and that s what we need [to
know] -- how to handle our own people.
"And don t tell me the people who made West
Indies cricket successful, that they can t be coach-
es."West Indies are currently without a head coach,
ever since former Barbados and West Indies fast
bowler Ottis Gibson parted ways with the West Indies
Cricket Board last August.
Prior to Gibson s appointment, West Indies were
coached by Australians John Dyson and Bennett King.
Kallicharran said one of the keys, however, to
unlocking the potential in West Indies cricket was a
return to grassroots cricket
"We want to see West Indies in a winning way
again but you have to go back to grassroots cricket
and you will see what you get," the 65-year-old said.
"That s all you need. And don t tell me there are
no facilities for us to produce cricketers."
Kallicharran remains a celebrated figure in West
Indies cricket history, playing 66 Tests and gathering
4399 runs at an average of 44.
An elegant left-hander, he plundered over 32 000
first class runs, with 87 centuries and an average of
KINGSTON---England s Kevin
Pietersen has confirmed he will be
available for the entire Caribbean
Premier League season this year.
The 34-year-old debuted in the
tournament last year but played just
two matches for St Lucia Zouks after
arriving late due to his English County
"Being involved in CPL 2014 was
a fantastic experience and I thor-
oughly enjoyed playing for the St
Lucia Zouks, albeit briefly," said
"This year I will be available for
the duration of the tournament so I
hope to be able to make a bigger
impact and give the Zouks fans some-
thing to shout about.
"The CPL is a very special event
and I can t wait to get back out there
to experience more of the biggest
party in sport."
Pietersen s late arrival had a big
impact on the Zouks, and they won
just two for their nine matches during
The South Africa-born Pietersen,
a former England captain, played 104
Tests and gathering 8181 runs at an
average of 47, to be fifth on the all-
time list of England run-scorers.
He averaged 40 from 136 One-Day
Internationals and nearly 38 from 37
Twenty20s, with a strike rate of 141.
Pietersen has been retained by the
Zouks ahead of today s draft, and
CPL chief executive Damien O Dono-
hoe said the player would be an asset
to the tournament. CMC
DUBAI---Newly installed West Indies
One-day captain Jason Holder has
been given a boost ahead of his first
World Cup campaign, after jumping
18 places in the latest ICC One-Day
International player rankings.
The lanky 23-year-old seamer
snatched eight wickets in the recent
five-match series against South Africa,
and has risen to a career-best 41st in
the latest rankings announced Tues-
He finished with a best of four for
53 in the fourth ODI in Port Elizabeth
which West Indies won by a wicket,
with nine balls to spare.
That victory was their only of the
series as they lost 4-1.
Champion off-spinner Sunil Narine
remains second in the bowlers rankings
headed by Pakistan off-spinner Saeed
Narine is the only West Indies bowler
in the top 20, with fast bowler Kemar
Roach lying 23rd.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Andre Russell
has also made good movement in the
batting rankings, jumping 18 spots to
The big-hitting lower order batsman
also came to the fore in the fourth ODI
against South Africa with a brilliant
unbeaten 64, which powered West
Indies to their target.
Marlon Samuels is the highest ranked
West Indies batsman at 40th.
Meanwhile, West Indies will enter
the World Cup this month still stuck
at number eight in the International
Cricket Council one-day rankings.
Garner to challenge
Cameron for WICB
Kallicharran says home grown
coaches essential to revival
Holder gets rankings
boost ahead of World Cup
West Indies ODI captain Jason Holder bowls during the first ODI match against
South Africa in Durban, South Africa, yesterday. Holder has risen to a career-best
41st in the latest ICC One-Day International player rankings.
Pietersen confirms availability
for full CPL season
JCA support behind 'Big Bird' as
The key to tilting the
challenge their way came
from Jamaica on Tuesday
night, when the Jamaica
Cricket Association (JCA)
voted 10-6 in favour of
supporting Garner and
Mahabir for the two top
posts. Sources close to the
situation is saying that
Cameron has six votes,
coming from Windwards,
Leewards and Guyana.
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