Dave Cameron unseated Julian Hunte as West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president yesterday and immediately promised lofty goals aimed at restoring the regional team to the top of world cricket.
In a closely fought ballot at the regional governing body’s annual general meeting, the 42-year-old Cameron polled seven votes to Hunte’s five – a result that suggested there was a split of votes in at least one of the six territorial boards.
Cameron’s running mate, Emmanuel Nanthan, president of the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control, won the battle for vice-president, defeating Barbados Cricket Association president Joel Garner 8-4.
An election that generated widespread interest across the Caribbean and intense lobbying in recent weeks, culminated when the result was announced just before 1:20 p.m at the Accra Beach Hotel.
Overcome with emotion, Cameron, a Jamaican who was Hunte’s vice-president since 2007 and a WICB director for the past 11 years, told reporters of his delight to be leading “this august body” after winning by the narrowest of margins.