WICB president meets regional dignitaries

St. John's (Antigua), June 18 (IANS/CMC) The president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has described a series of meetings he has been having with Caribbean prime ministers as "crucial" to the development of the sport in the region.

Cameron's comments follow his latest round of meetings in which talks were held with St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves in Kingstown and Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Keith Mitchell in St. George's.

"These meetings are crucial in setting the framework with the political leaders of the region towards ensuring that they are fully briefed on all matters relating to the regional sport," said Cameron, who was elected to the post in April.

"It is critical that we at the West Indies Cricket Board keep the leaders of each of our countries informed with regard to our plans and programmes and that they are aware of the challenges and difficulties which we face. It is also valuable to have their perspective on what they think are the issues regarding the sport," noted Cameron.

Cameron was accompanied by WICB chief executive officer Michael Muirhead and company secretary Verlyn Faustin.

"We shared thoughts, ideas and suggestions and at the next meeting of the Board, I will share all that with my team," the WICB president said.

"We value the inputs as we are strategically looking to reposition cricket."

Since being elected, Cameron has either paid courtesy calls or met with Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller, President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas and Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

Cameron also met with Barbados's Sports Minister Stephen Lashley.

--IANS/CMC

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