Cultural shift hurting WI cricket - Cameron

December 18, 2015
West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron.

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron believes a change in Caribbean civilisation and cultural practices has been an impediment on the administration of the game.

"Over the last 20 years a lot has changed," he said, while trying to give reasons for the West Indies' poor showings on the international stage.

For example, he outlined, once thriving industries, such as sugar and bauxite, which used to provide the foundation for the monetary investment in sports, have changed their focus.

"These industries have gone through major collapses and, in some instances structural changes," he said.

The Jamaican businessman, charged with the responsibility of improving the fortunes of the regional body two years ago, also listed the options available to young people as another challenge.

 

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"Many of our athletic young men and women, have been attracted to a number of less expensive sports, and sports that offer them an education scholarship," he explained.

Then there is the issue of regional institutions, which Cameron said have changed in terms of their offerings, which in turn affects the idea of regional integration.

Under pressure in recent months given management issues on and off the field, Cameron also spoke to a change in regional institutional offerings as well, saying that in the process it has affected the idea of regional integration.

"Regional bodies and institutions, like the University of The West Indies, have changed their core, and some of the integration doesn't really exist anymore," he said.

"For example, the UWI in Barbados has its own medical faculty, and therefore Bajans don't need to come to Jamaica to study medicine anymore."

Jamaica, he added as well had opened its own legal faculty.

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