KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president and chief executive, Wavell Hinds, is anticipating a close working relationship with newly elected Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Ricky Skerritt.
In congratulating Skerritt on landing the top job, Hinds pointed out that his task as head of WIPA was to ensure the continued improvement of the players well-being, and as such was hoping to work hand-in-hand with his CWI counterpart to achieve that goal.
The former Jamaica and West Indies player’s pronouncements came shortly after former senior team manager Skerritt and running mate Dr Kishore Shallow defeated Jamaican Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan in elections at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel here last Sunday.
“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,” said Hinds.
“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.”
“WIPA is here to try to make sure that what we do from a players perspective is aligned to the objectives of Cricket West Indies, in trying to be the best team in the world. I would imagine that without even asking.
“We (WIPA) are pretty much in agreement with a democratic process and we are looking forward to working with the persons who are there. But we also are respectful of the fact that contributions have been made by former president Cameron and vice-president Nanthan and so I want to tell them thanks and wish them all the best in their future endeavours,” he added.
Hinds formed a close working relationship with Cameron during his three terms in charge of CWI, resulting in a cooling of tensions between the two bodies.
The fact that Hinds is a former representative of the Kensington Cricket Club of which Cameron is president, is believed to have played a key role in the relationship.
Hinds, however, was tactful when pressed on the surprising outcome of the election.
“It is a democratic organisation and I think today is another symbol that there is a democratic process that goes on,” he noted.
“West Indies Cricket belongs to the entire Caribbean and no one is above the rules or the guidelines of Cricket West Indies.”
Hinds, who was among those on hand to ensure a fair process during the election, also reaffirmed his commitment of continued dialogue with the CWI leadership for players inclusion in the effort to push West Indies cricket forward.
“As a special member of Cricket West Indies, we sat in the room to make sure that the persons who are in the chair understands the mammoth task that comes with it (presidential post) and how important the players are, if not the most important assets,” Hinds explained.
“And [to let leadership know] that they (players) are to be considered in whatever deliberation goes on and to involve the players and their wellbeing front and centre, in terms of how they execute on the playing field.”
The election was expected to be a close battle with the possibility of both candidates ending up in a dead heat, after having gained the support of three boards each heading into voting day.
But Both Skerritt, 62, and Shallow, 35, won by 8-4 margins in the end after managing to sway votes from another territory, denying Cameron and Nanthan a fourth-consecutive two-year term in office.