Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 3rd 2013 Contents DUBAI---The success of the inau-
gural Limacol Caribbean Premier
League (LCPL) T20 has renewed a
fresh surge of optimism towards
improving the health of West Indies
cricket, financially and otherwise.
It has brought back the crowds to
cricket in the Caribbean, TV rev-
enues have shown an increase---giv-
ing rise to hopes of a turnaround.
No wonder then that Whycliffe
"Dave" Cameron, the young pres-
ident of the West Indies Cricket
Board at 42 years old, is buoyant.
In an exclusive interview with Gulf
News, Cameron dwells on a range
of subjects---the success of the LCPL
T20, its bearing on the country s
cricketing scenario and the rise of
emerging talents. The interview is
Q: How does the West Indies
board plan to build on the success
of the inaugural CPL T20?
A: Cameron: Firstly, we are most
pleased with the success of the CPL.
It builds on the Caribbean Twenty20
(2010-2013) in energising cricket
throughout the region and getting
the fans very excited about support-
ing regional teams.
The WICB is currently discussing
and examining ways and opportu-
nities of leveraging the success of
the CPL to the wider benefit of West
Indies cricket, particularly with
regard to regional tournaments and
There is much to analyse and
study and understand how we, as
WICB, can benefit from the suc-
cessful staging of the inaugural edi-
tion of the CPL.
Can you give an idea as to how
the WICB will benefit from it in
The WICB stands to benefit
directly from the CPL in two clearly
defined areas. First, the WICB
receives an annual licensing fee from
the CPL for the rights to host the
tournament. This fee will certainly
contribute in a significant way
towards the overall annual financial
position of the WICB.
Second, the WICB owns a stake
of the CPL and once it becomes
profitable, the WICB will receive a
percentage of the profit share.
There are also other areas where
there will be significant indirect ben-
efit. One of the most important areas
in this regard is the CPL funding of
60 retainer contracts for regional
players every year---which will allow
a large group of players at the region-
al level to be able to give more pro-
fessional attention to their cricketing
There will also be a number of
development programmes that will
be rolled out.
The league saw a very healthy
employment opportunity for sev-
eral past West Indies greats in the
form of coaching or consultants
role. What s your take on this?
The WICB unequivocally supports
and commends any and every
opportunity that allows our leg-
endary former players to nurture
new talent and to give back to the
This is something the WICB has
recognised for several years now and
we have endeavoured to engage a
number of former players throughout
West Indies cricket at various levels
and in various capacities.
For example, Clive Lloyd is a
member of the WICB s marketing
and business development commit-
tee and is a former WICB director
and West Indies manager. Joel Garner
is a director currently who previously
served as West Indies team manager.
Richie Richardson is the current West
Indies team manager while Desmond
Haynes and Jimmy Adams both
served as batting consultants to the
West Indies teams. Courtney Walsh
is the West Indies Under-19 team
manager as Carl Hooper is the bat-
ting coach at our West Indies Sagicor
High Performance Centre in Barba-
Ottis Gibson is the West Indies
team head coach. Sherwin Campbell
is the West Indies women s head
coach. Andy Roberts, Rohan Kanhai,
Sir Viv Richards, Roger Harper and
the late Malcolm Marshall are all
former West Indies head coaches.
Sir Rev Wes Hall, Sir Clyde Wal-
cott and numerous others have been
team managers as well so there are
very few, if any, legends of the game
who have not been involved in West
Indies cricket at one level or the
other in some capacity after their
With the newer T20 leagues like
the one in Sri Lanka folding up, the
Bangladesh one and even IPL under
some pressure, how does the CPL
T20 plan to sustain itself on a long-
term basis and run in a transparent
When we structured the CPL, we
were very deliberate in creating a
tournament committee that is tasked
with ensuring that the rules and reg-
ulations are upheld. The Most Hon
PJ Patterson, a former prime minister
of Jamaica and an internationally
respected figure chairs that com-
mittee, and I have every confidence
that they will continue to monitor
the proceedings and to ensure that
the CPL functions with integrity and
I have also have listened to the
comments and reviews of the players,
commentators and administrators
and they have been almost 100 per
cent positive and encouraging. That
in itself is a ringing endorsement of
the CPL. With regard to the business
plan and the operational aspects of
the CPL it would be more appro-
priate to allow the CPL officials to
address this directly.
How hopeful are you about the
emerging talents thrown up by the
league like Nicholas Pooran or
We are pleased that the talents
and skills of some of the younger
players are gaining regional and
international attention but to those
of us who have been involved in
West Indies cricket through the years
this is no surprise.
This is simply the result of the
developmental process which we
have been giving serious attention
to in recent years.
Nicholas Pooran, for example, may
have come to the attention to the
fans watching on television during
the CPL but he has been part of the
WICB Under-15 and Under-17 devel-
opment programmes and the same
is true for Sheldon Cotterell.
Cotterell is a bit of a late developer
but has been playing in our
Caribbean Twenty20 tournament
for two years. In fact, he is a graduate
of our West Indies Sagicor High Per-
formance Centre. There are many
others who have come through the
system---Jason Holder, Kieron Powell,
There are also others who are just
on the cusp of following in their
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Why are we still at the point
where every problem and issue is
seen as due to a lack of money.
When we say we need more
money what do we mean? What s it
going to take? Is it always about
Becoming the best takes more than
money; it takes thinking big from
Is it money alone? What about
character, integrity, the work ethic,
knowledge, experience, creativity,
What will it take to make T&T the
best sporting nation in the region
and one of the best in the world?
What will it take to make national
sport organisations the best sport
marketers in the country?
What will it take to transform T&T
sport into a market focus environ-
What will it take to make local
athletes and national teams the best
prepared mentally, emotionally, phys-
ically and physiologically?
What will it take to ensure that
local coaches are the best trained
and world class?
What will it take to ensure that
national sport organisations are the
best run and governed, the most
transparent and accountable best
What will it take to win ten
Olympic gold medals and more by
It s not about passing judgment
on whether it can be done or not.
It s about answering the question.
It s about thinking big and being
honest. It s about being serious about
sport and where we want sport to
go.It s about not being intimidated.
What will it take to be the absolute
best that we can be?
The question is easy. It s the
answer that causes discomfort and
There will always be resistance.
People will tell you in great detail
why it isn t possible.
They will produce hard evidence
and history to show it isn t possible
I once read somewhere that when
people laugh when you present an
idea, that idea has a chance of
becoming a breakthrough idea.
When an idea is considered out-
rageous and pie in the sky and people
view it as dumb and unrealistic.
That s a good sign.
Forget about the negatives for a
What would happen if it were pos-
What would happen if T&T were
to become a mecca of sport and
Use your imagination. Suppose
just suppose it were possible.
Wouldn t the potential benefits
exceeded the negatives?
But even so, look way past just
the medals and big commercial con-
The bigger objective is to afford
young people the opportunity to hunt
down their potential and empower
and enable them to be the best they
What will it take to support
Olympic and Paralympic sports and
athletes to achieve success at world,
Olympics and Paralympic levels?
A start point would be to invest
in and support the development of
high performance systems. But before
that can happen there has to be a
change in attitude. There is a need
to challenge traditional practices,
approaches and methods that at this
time may be getting in the way of
When will there be productive
debate about the issues related to
high level sport performance?
Can we produce world class on a
constant basis without at the least
making ourselves aware of the most
modern and up to date aspects of
athletes and team preparation or
without having world class beliefs
Which comes first, the money or
the will and vision?
If you always do what you have
always done, you will always get what
you always got. If what you are doing
is not working, do something else.
The longest journey starts with
the first step but it has to be a step
in the right direction. A small change
can have a huge effect.
Brian Lewis is the president of
the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic
Committee. For more information
about the Olympic Movement,
Olympic spirit, values and ideals
visit http/: www.ttoc.org
Longest trip starts with first step
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