White vows to press on despite nomination mix-up
HAMILTON, Bermuda – Barbadian Wendell White has vowed to press on with his challenge for the Bermuda Cricket Board’s (BCB) presidency at its annual meeting later this month, despite failing to secure a nomination for the top post.
The BCB confirmed on Friday that White was told when he submitted his nomination that he had to be nominated by someone other than himself and left on the understanding that he would get the required nomination from Flatts Victoria Recreation Club, a team he formerly coached.
However, the club nomination did not arrive by the Wednesday deadline, the Royal Gazette newspaper said.
Undaunted, the former Bermuda all-rounder, who turns 53 next Thursday, is pressing on with his BCB presidency bid to replace Lloyd Fray when he steps down at the annual meeting on November 29.
Fray, first appointed president in 2011, says he will not seek a third term following his appointment as government’s chief information officer.
“I am still in the contest no matter what and if we have to go through the by-laws we will have to go there,” White said.
“I don’t think I should be put aside just because the club (Flatts) was late with the nomination and the by-laws speak for themselves.
“I think everybody should be given a fair chance and there is nothing wrong with accepting an nomination after the deadline as long as it is before the day of the annual meeting.”
Although the deadline for nominations to be submitted to the nomination committee has expired, there is a provision in the BCB by-laws for nominations to be accepted on the floor of the annual meeting – but only under the condition that the “majority of the members of the board present agree to same”.
Meanwhile, the BCB has confirmed that treasurer Gershon Gibbons and former BCB club representative Lloyd Smith have both been nominated for the BCB president’s position.
White played professional cricket in England at Colchester Cricket Club and for Essex Second XI and holds West Indies Level 1 and 2 coaching badges.
Locally, besides playing for Somerset Cricket Club, he also had a coaching stint at Western Stars, in addition to Flatts Victoria. (CMC)