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.
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.
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.
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.”