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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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132 comments

  1. I’m happy that he has had the decency to apologize publicly for the retweet.

  2. Hinds is a hater… he doesnt care either

  3. It was a match to watch over and over again I love my team

  4. I endorse the call… Time for Cameron to go. Michael Holding on International Television said he was baffled by Dave Cameron’s actions. Holding also asked where is the WIPA President (Wavell Hinds) in the face of such an attack on a West Indian Player?

  5. he cameron behaves as he is some sort of plantation owner,this man has been solely responsible for the demise of west indies cricket,time for him to go

  6. Baldath Mahabir and Manohar are apparently supporting him.

  7. Lasana I can tell you are incensed at this twit or sorry I mean tweet!

  8. ….anyone who votes for Cameron is in full supporting for all that he’s done….simple. Let’s see how the TTCB votes.

  9. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 so glad for the boys from the Caribbean.

  10. I agree Aisha Lewis ……he is killing wi cricket financially playing with the players mentally and physically

  11. Pakistan is the only truly schizophrenic team in the world.When they are ready ,no team in the world can beat them;next match ,they are catching butterflies on the field.

  12. I saw red with one in truth Savitri Maharaj. It was so absurd.

  13. ” 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.” CLASSIC” when is that book coming out?

  14. I meant to say that I was weak with laughter ….meh belly

  15. ” black cats probably cross the street when they see the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president coming their way”…..boy you real silly yes…ah weal lol lol.

  16. Jerk! Twit? I can think of several words – including four-letter ones – that more aptly describe anyone in that position who would do what Mr Cameron did but my poor mother would turn in her grave if I used them in a public forum such as this. Wanna bet we hear nothing from either Wavell Hinds or Clive Lloyd?

  17. He real get you vex Lasana Liburd? We and he know he’s a twit

  18. Timing is so bad with these people. Why does he get the letter just before the match?!

  19. Pakistan team especially on the bowling front is not as strong as the the team that beat Windies 4-1 in the caribbean in 2013. Missing Ajmal, Hafeez, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul

  20. We beat Pakistan and lost to Ireland????

  21. That tweet alone should make him lose wicb election

  22. Good grief. This man is the worst thing to have ever happened to WI cricket!!!!

  23. http://www.winnfm.com/sports/11543-gayle-gets-discipline-letter-from-west-indies-management. Well if this is true our cricket is in serious trouble, you send the man to the world cup and while it is on you start discipline action against him.

  24. An effing idiot, who was named in Justice Lucky Digicel report who has bankrupted WI cricket because of his hubris and arrogance and who will, despite that, most likely end up being president of the old boys club called the WICB again

  25. They should have been worried when a man called Dave Cameron said he could run Windies cricket.

  26. I felt so ashamed to see at the break that they were speaking about,west indies board in ai real mess with this man at the helm,I honestly believe he doesn’t know how to tweet and retweet

  27. 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.” quote from the article…

  28. He should think before he posts next time. I feel ppl don’t yet appreciate the reach of social media.

  29. …unprofessional… For a leader…he later apologised but the dam already had been broken…

  30. WICB President you are a big joke and you wonder why the players and the board always at war smh

  31. This was Cameron’s response AFTER the game: “No offense intended. Full apologies extended. Rally round the West Indies”

  32. Incredibly stupid and arrogant especially as elections round the corner

  33. Another good write Lasana, some classic lines there, making me laugh @ 5:00 am. But in the light of day, I don’t laugh..I feel the shame.

  34. Mr. Cameron wants a second bite of the cherry……. the player and board relationship continues to rot under his leadership.

  35. That’s the million dollar question. Let’s see the response to this.

  36. The regional boards must also take some responsibility too after electing him.

  37. So who will censor the WICB president for this kind of behavior? This dude lacks the class and professionalism required to lead our board.

  38. Gaiven Clairmont

    So very sad indeed and yes he’s trying to get revenge, be the bigger man for Christ’s sake, hmm on a real this was real Jerkyll and Hyde stuff (sighs) ony the WI could do something like this (well maybe Pakistan they are as inconsistent as us)