Nanthan is WICB vice President
Dominica Cricket Association president Emanuel Nanthan beats Joel Garner in the West Indies Cricket Board election for the Vice Presidency.
Emmanuel Nanthan of Dominica is the new vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board; he beat Barbados Cricket Association president Joel Garner 8-4 in the election for the WICB post last week.
Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron has been elected president of the WICB, after he beat the incumbent Julian Hunte 7-5 during the board's annual general meeting in Barbados. Cameron, 42, was nominated by the Jamaica Cricket Association and seconded by the Windward Cricket Board. He has been a WICB director since 2002 and served as vice-president during Hunte's tenure as president, which began in 2007.
Nanthan joined Cameron in thanking outgoing president Hunte for his services to West Indies cricket over the last six years. Here is Nanthan's full statement after the election.
"I wish to first express my heartfelt thanks to out-going WICB President Dr. Julian Hunte for the tremendous job he did over the last six years, working to rebuild West Indies cricket.
"He is my friend and has been for a number of years. He is to me a hero, coming from the Windward Islands, and I am proud of the way he presided over the WICB during a difficult time and now the baton has been passed on.
"Special thanks must be extended to Dr. Hunte's wife, his family and the people of St. Lucia for the support they have provided to him, which enabled the WICB to turn the corner and move things along.
"I am fortunate to be part of the new team chosen to advance the development of West Indies cricket. In accepting the baton, what I believe we are offering are two fresh pairs of legs to continue the work, so that one day we too, can pass on the baton to someone else to take the game that we all love and cherish further forward in this region.
"We want to thank the members of the WICB for the confidence they have reposed in us and we also thank the directors with whom we have served for around a decade. They have all urged us to move forward.
"We have received several messages saying the election is over, but the work has just begun.
"To be able to begin this work, it will be incumbent on us to reach out to every nook and cranny in the region including the private sector to rally with us. It is not about the past, nor who won and lost this election, but bringing the people of the region together, mobilisation and strengthening behind a common cause.
"We know the Caribbean well and from time to time we know there will be disagreements, but we plead with the people of the region to agree to disagree with us when this happens so that we can move forward.
"We extend our hands to everyone and make ourselves available to the people of the region, as we seek to carry what is the greatest passion of the Caribbean civilization. We are honoured and privileged to be given this opportunity".