Skerritt calls for patience
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):
After securing the Cricket West Indies top job in a stunning result on Sunday, new president Ricky Skerritt has targeted the rejuvenation of the high-performance centre, governance reform and finding a permanent West Indies coach, as three of the main items on his immediate agenda.
However, the former St Kitts and Nevis government minister has urged patience from stakeholders as he prepares to implement his 10-point Cricket First Plan, which formed the basis of his election campaign over the last month.
The 62-year-old was speaking shortly after he and running mate, Dr Kishore Shallow, unseated Jamaican Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron and vice-president, Emmanuel Nathan, by 8-4 margins, in a highly anticipated annual general meeting at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
"We are going to have to ask for patience but there is some basis in some of those 10 points that is already happening but most of it needs significant improvements, significant injections and in the case of the HPC for instance that is going to be the one that is most costly," Skerritt shared.
REVIVING THE HPC
The former West Indies team manager had made reviving the HPC one of the bedrocks of his campaign, after the Cameron-led CWI pulled the plug in the institution in 2017.
Skerritt, who gained widespread support from stakeholders in his election bid, said CWI would also be aiming to make possible implementations from the Patterson Report.
According to Skerritt, steps will also be taken to search within the region for the next possible West Indies senior team coach. Englishman Richard Pybus is currently guiding the team on an interim basis, following the departure of Australian Stuart Law.
The appointment of Pybus ahead of the recent England series was a controversial affair, with Cameron accused of hand-picking the former director of cricket and agreeing contractual terms without prior board approval.
"That has been a vexatious sort of issue," said Skerritt. "I have to tell you that we believe very strongly in localising the expertise that we put behind our teams and we believe only in bringing in non-Caribbean expertise only where it is not available across the region.
"We want to be sure that the team does well at all times with the possible resources but we also have to make sure that they have a Caribbean support team around them."