Dr Hunte gets LICA support

St. John’s Antigua - Members of Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) have voted, in majority, to support sitting president Dr Julian Hunte, in next month’s general elections slated for March 27.

This is according to LICA President Gregory Shillingford who said the decision was taken to support Dr Hunte following discussions at a recent general meeting of LICA.

“The meeting’s position was to support Mr Hunte and his running mate because based on the discussions in the meeting they thought that he was the best fit and proper person to support for president. We didn’t look at any presentation from Mr Hunte; we discussed his leadership and the achievements of the board during his period as leader of the WICB and it is on that basis that the decision was made,” he said.

“The Leeward Islands are aware, through the board’s strategic plans, what are the things being undertaken. We see the results of West Indies cricket in various forms and it was a majority decision,” Shillingford added.

Dr Hunte will be challenged by Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron of Jamaica during the meeting to be held in Barbados, while Joel Gardner and Emmanuel Nanthan will contest the vice president spot.

Shillingford, for the first time since last month’s LICA meeting, spoke on an attempt to move a vote of no confidence against him by Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association President Zorol Barthley.

“The reports come from third party sources and not from me, but I am the incumbent president and I need to, throughout the year, determine whether my members are desirous of having me serve another term. I have to determine what are my personal goals and commitment. I need to consult with my family and generally this requires thought. It’s not just an off-the-cuff thing,” he said.

The former West Indies CEO did not deny or confirm reports that he will not be contesting LICA elections slated for later this year.

“The motion did not get a seconder so there was no motion at all because the members indicated through their action what they thought of the motion and it was not supported and I respect their wishes,” Shillingford said.

LICA consists of six members who will each send two representatives to the WICB meeting. Each representative is allowed to cast a single vote during the elections.

First Published In The Antigua Observer.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 03:31