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Windies Players At War With WICB’s President Dave Cameron

The phrase, “if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen,” is said to be coined by US President Harry S. Truman, a man who was well-known as a plain-speaker.

In 1942, an Idaho newspaper, The Soda Springs Sun stated thus:

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“Favorite rejoinder of Senator Harry S. Truman, when a member of his war contracts investigating committee objects to his strenuous pace: ‘If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen’.”

The President of the WICB Dave Cameron has certainly come under a lot of heat of late for what many pundits and fans have described as the heavy-handed ways in which he has handled administrative matters pertaining to players.

However, the noise or heat being generated against Cameron has gotten louder or made hotter by some players from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

At the broader level, over the years, Jamaicans and Trinidadians always seem to show antagonism towards each other on a range of issues covering areas such as politics, trade, commerce, travel, education, among other socio-economic and cultural factors.

Today, the game of cricket seems to be an added flavor, granted at a more personal level. So, not only did Trinidad and Tobago cricket Board not support Jamaica’s Dave Cameron’s bid for President of WICB but now some players from that country seem dead set against his leadership of the West Indies Cricket Board.

The latest salvo has come from Trinidad and Tobago star batsman Darren Bravo who recently insulted board president Dave Cameron via twitter.

Responding to Cameron’s comments about reasons he was demoted to a ‘C’ central retainer contract, Bravo wrote: “you hav been failing 4 d last 4yrs. y don’t u resign and fyi i’ve neva been given an a contract. big idiot @davec51”.

Speaking in a local interview, Cameron explained that Bravo was demoted to a ‘C’ contract because he had been underperforming for the past two years, noting “it’s explicit that if your averages are not above a certain level, it tells you what contracts you get”.

The 27-year-old left-hander,  played nine tests in 2015, scoring 644 runs at an average of 35.77 while in 2016 he has averaged 31.88 from eight tests, having scored 445 runs. Bravo has a career average of 40 from 49 matches with a highest score of 218.

Meanwhile, Cameron also revealed that only Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels had received contracts higher than the ‘C’ category. Brathwaite was given an ‘A’ contract and Samuels a ‘B’. Bravo along with Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite have all rejected the board’s contract offer.

A few months ago, the older brother Dwayne Bravo, branded the West Indies Cricket Board as “the most unprofessional board in the world” and also noted that president Dave Cameron is “arrogant” and “very immature.”

Moreover, other Trinidad and Tobago players that have fallen out of grace with the WICB include allrounder Kerion Pollard, wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin, and young exciting batsman Nicholas Pooran who was recently slapped with a suspension for breaching contractual arrangement with  Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the upcoming Professional Cricket League (PCL). Also, Phil Simmons a Trinidad and Tobago native was recently sacked as  coach of the Windies team.

Carole Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

Edited by Jesus Chan

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