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What a Twit! WICB president ignites new scandal with Gayle jibe

The West Indies Cricket Team belatedly peered out from behind the dark clouds this morning with a comprehensive win over Pakistan in their second 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup outing. But they did not take their controversial boss Dave Cameron into the sunlight with them.

It is just as well, of course. At the moment, black cats probably cross the street when they see the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president coming their way.

Photo: Chris Gayle (second from left) celebrates with his West Indies teammates during their 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup win this morning. (Copyright AFP 2015/William west)
Photo: Chris Gayle (second from left) celebrates with his West Indies teammates during their 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup win this morning.
(Copyright AFP 2015/William west)

Even as the “Maroon Men” fought to escape the gloom that has strangled the team recently due, in large part, to Cameron’s hari-kari administration in and after the ill-fated tour of India, the Jamaican official raised the stakes with a spot of cyber-bullying aimed at his compatriot and West Indies veteran Chris Gayle.

Early in the match, the second successive low score from Gayle prompted the following tweet from Gibraun Brijmohan: “Gayle goes… can’t buy a run… let’s give him a retirement package… can’t fail repeatedly and still front up based on reputation.”

Presumably, Brijmohan is no more than a frustrated cricket fan who would probably ask Gayle for an autograph if he walked into his living room.

Cameron, who must be 44-years-old going on 14, retweeted it. If the initial tweet was a kneejerk reaction, the retweet was just jerk. And not the kind that is served with a Red Stripe beer and festival.

It meant that, long before the final ball was bowled, the West Indies’ first genuine moment of joy in months was always going to be overshadowed by an underperforming batsman and a cricket official who has turned into a walking parody.

Photo: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron (left) and cricketer Chris Gayle (right) during happier times. Presumably, the fat lady has sung on their relationship. (Courtesy WICB)
Photo: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron (left) and cricketer Chris Gayle (right) during happier times.
(Courtesy WICB)

Almost certainly, Cameron was allowing himself a bit of revenge for Gayle’s criticism of the omissions of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the World Cup team. Gayle was reported to disciplinary committee for his outburst. But who will report Cameron and stand up for the veteran cricketer?

At present, Cameron’s post as WICB president is set to be challenged by former West Indies cricket legend Joel Garner. But perhaps Garner should rethink his campaign.

Cameron, who almost singlehandedly bankrupted West Indies’ cricket, is on a roll now and who knows what he will do next. It is like watching Mr Bean drive a monster truck blindfolded. With his feet. Into parked traffic. While juggling a stick of dynamite.

Arsenal football manager and part-time philosopher Arsene Wenger once said: “the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes art.”

Apparently, the same is true of ineptitude and we were blind to that fact until Cameron came along. He is King Midas in reverse; blessed with the ability to turn gold into garbage. He is the Brian Lara of thoughtless administration; breathtaking and unmatchable once he is in the mood.

Photo: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron during a function at WIPA's office in Jamaica in 2014. (Courtesy WIPA)
Photo: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron during a function at WIPA’s office in Jamaica in 2014.
(Courtesy WIPA)

If Cameron tried to toss himself in front of a moving vehicle, he would discover he was in a car showroom. If he threw himself off a building, he would be on the first floor. If he found the girl of his dreams, he would wake up.

Live Wire applauds the West Indies outfit for successfully rebounding from their embarrassing opening loss to Ireland. Keep your feet on the ground, gentleman. Remember form is temporary but class is permanent.

And so, apparently, is crass. Not so, Cameron? You twit…


Editor’s Note: Hours after his initial tweet, WICB president Dave Cameron responded to a barrage of criticism from cricket fans with the following message: “No offense intended. Full apologies extended. Rally round the West Indies.”

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  1. Congratulations Chris Gayle u the man …If I start to talk on Cameron stupessss that walking bag of shi**

  2. They need to invent a new name to describe this specimen….. Gayle should have dedicated part of his record breaking performance to Bravo and Pollard and pulled out a pieces of paper written by Ramdin saying “Talk Nah!”

  3. “talk nah Cameron talk nah wuz yuh claim to fame?

  4. If West Indies picking a team to represent us in pitching marbles, Cameron would not make the team because he lost all his marbles.

  5. Soooooo allegedly, supposedly, reportedly, apparently. Cameron has deleted his Twitter account, can anyone confirm this?!

  6. I would really love to hear them now!?!??!????? Lmaoo #gaylestorm #history #doublecentury

  7. If Gayle is a failure and hedge records will show that that he has not been doing well then drop him from the team. The problem Sunil Ramdass that in the position that Cameron is in he must display good leadership qualities and behave in a professional way. Sending Gayle a disciplinary letter at this point will certainly not help him or the team. Maybe the aim is to make them look bad or what. I hope he send himself a disciplinary letter now.

  8. Gayle is going through a drop in form ! Every batsman that plays the game goes through that. Cameron shows how petty he is as the President of the board. All because of the comments Gayle made in SA !
    Who is going to correct Cameron ? He is hell bent on being re elected ! To do what ? Cause more damage? That Clown along with Lloyd the board and Wavell Hinds has to go !

  9. berating is not going to go down so easy Chris will respond…..i’m sure he can.. is going to say chris is his friend and he did that to motivate him into action to da benefit of tha team?

  10. And he’s still the PRESIDENT! Lol

  11. We the people of the Fans should require our boards relieve us of this individual and try one last time to right the ship that is the WICB !

  12. Ppl must understand something cameron got big money to make west indies fall but the team had done well so he trying to get to Gayle an put the team off.

  13. Gayle is a failure. What’s the problem?

  14. He is a brainless Bully, hope BCCI make him cry

  15. Cameron’s retweet is akin to your boss criticizing you in public. The man has no class and he should be fired.

  16. sorry, wrong adjective, CRETIN

  17. The reality is that Gayle has indeed endured some wretched form lately. But you do not pick him and then do what Cameron has done. Cometh the hour cometh the man…punish them viking punish them….Gayle force in effect…torrential sixes

  18. Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad

  19. Good morning Mark, and have a nice Sunday!

  20. But ent we always talking bout accountability? So, the wider membership of de JCA just send a message to their Board dat dey accountable to dem, not demselves. Lol

  21. who knows what price is paide for these things? Politricks will always be to the demise of our cricket

  22. ..did the JCA decision come with a price tag??…

  23. Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard is right Hesma, in a horrid display of insularity ,the JCA turned over their original decision to support Joel Garner after some Jamaica clubs complained about nationalism and the need to support their own. Even Wavell Hinds , the WIPA oresident attended thay meeting to review the decision. That is why I say the WIP has now become a subsidiary of the WICB