Perry calls on JCA delegates to put cricket over private agendas - does not believe Heaven-led board warrants re-election

By Sports Desk April 29, 2021

Former West Indies spinner and Jamaica captain, Nehemiah Perry, has called on delegates of his home country to put the interest of the sport first and not pursue what he described as a ‘separate agenda’ than wanting the best for the game.

Although an election date is yet to set, Jamaica Cricket Association president (JCA) Wilford Billy Heaven is expected to run unopposed for a fourth two-year team when the annual general meeting is held. 

He has successfully held off two challenges, winning by only four votes on the last occasion, but many in the country’s local cricketing circles believe he would still emerge victorious if confronted by any opposition in the 2021 election.

Perry, however, sees the continued re-election of the official and his slate, unchallenged, or being re-elected by big margins as incongruous when juxtaposed against the current state of the game on the island.

“I think we definitely need change.  I cannot understand why it is that we have not won anything over the years, we have been last, second to last, we’ve only won one trophy out of 30-odd, and at the end of the day the administration is winning by a landslide,” Perry told the Mason and Guest radio program.

“Something is wrong if people keep voting for persons who are not delivering.  I don’t believe you should be there because at the end of the day we need positive results.  We need the team to be doing well, we need to produce a lot of Test cricketers and a lot of first-class cricketers,” he added.

“I’m not only saying Billy Heaven should be removed but that the delegates who continue to vote for a particular board need to examine themselves.  At the end of the day, if cricket is what you are really there for and you are not getting the results then why is it that you continue to put those persons to lead.  You don’t have the cricket at heart, somehow you have some sort of agenda.”  

 

 

Related items

  • Andre Russell's two wickets, unbeaten 31 propel MGD to first victory in BPL this season Andre Russell's two wickets, unbeaten 31 propel MGD to first victory in BPL this season

    A strong all-around performance from Andre Russell helped Minister Group Dhaka to their first win in the Bangladesh Premier League on Monday when they defeated Fortune Barishul by four wickets at Mirpur.

  • Romario Shepherd hopeful for maiden IPL contract. "It's something I've dreamed about for a long time." Romario Shepherd hopeful for maiden IPL contract. "It's something I've dreamed about for a long time."

    The Indian Premier League is the most popular T20 franchise league in the world and many cricketers across the globe dream about playing in it one day.

    West Indies all-rounder Romario Shepherd is no different.

    The Guyanese fast bowler and right-handed batsman, who dazzled with the bat with an unbeaten 44 in the second T20 international between the West Indies and England yesterday, has put his name in the last three IPL auctions but is yet to be awarded a contract.

    Speaking in a press conference today, Shepherd says the dream, which at this point is very close to reality, is still alive.

    “It’s a great platform for any youngster. Many people dream to go to the IPL and I’m no different. It’s something that I’ve dreamed about for a very long time. My name was in the draft for the last three years so this year I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he said.

    In the midst of a five-match T20I series with England at the moment, Shepherd says his full focus is on helping the West Indies win.

    “I’m trying my best to get there but, at the same time, trying my best to help us win this series. I try to focus on what is at hand right now and try to put my all in there. Eventually, if an IPL contract comes that would be great for me but I try not to think about it while in the game,” Shepherd said.

    Shepherd has so far played 11 T20 Internationals with 100 runs and eight wickets to his name.

    The IPL player auction is scheduled to take place on February 12 and 13 and he will have another opportunity to enhance his reputation when the West Indies and England square off in the third of five T20 internationals in Barbados on Wednesday.

     

     

     

  • Windies to play Papua New Guinea in quarter-finals of ICC U-19 World Cup Plate Tournament Windies to play Papua New Guinea in quarter-finals of ICC U-19 World Cup Plate Tournament

    West Indies Under-19s will play Papua New Guinea Under-19s on Wednesday in Trinidad & Tobago in a quarter-final of the ICC Men's Under-19 Cricket World Cup Plate Tournament.

© 2022 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.