Kishore Shallow elected president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – An incensed Julian Jack branded some members of his executive as “snakes”, after he was ousted as president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association at a special meeting of the general body here Saturday.
Members voted overwhelmingly, 65-25, in favour of the no-confidence motion against Jack, ending the administrator’s nine-year tenure in charge of local cricket administration.
Kishore Shallow, the former assistant secretary in Jack’s executive who resigned on the floor on Saturday, was elected president of the association – in what sources with knowledge of the situation said was a well-orchestrated plan.
“The executive members, they are like snakes,” Jack told reporters at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex shortly after he was removed.
“It’s only snakes that come around and [wrap] round you and don’t bite you, and when they see you coming, they sting you in your head, and you can’t see them.”
He added: “I think the problems started coming, I would say, in the last year when there [were] people on the executive vying for president and sabotaging some of the programmes.”
However, Jack said he had not sensed he was no longer wanted as president, but admitted he mis-read the situation.
“I think I didn’t have it right, in terms of my assessment but as it moved on -- the process – we thought [we did],” Jack said.
“But some people who would have said, ‘no man, go ahead fight it.’ I think eventually they didn’t get the full support of those who said go ahead and fight it.”
Last month, Marvin Harry, captain of Smashers Club brought the no-confidence motion against Jack, identifying ten reasons why the president needed to be removed.
Among these were the failure of the national Under-15 team to win a game in three years in the sub-regional competition, conflicts of interest in the banking of the association’s money at the Teachers Cooperative Credit Union which Jack manages, and the sourcing of funds and equipment for Jack’s club Radcliffe.
However, even as Jack was booted out of office, he maintained that the reasons given for his ousting were “unjustified” and “trivial”, contending these issues could have been dealt with at the executive level.
“You didn’t hear that, and [yet] when they come to the meeting, they want to talk,” Jack told reporters.
“Some of the things that Smashers raised, Smashers could not know about those things. That means that there are people inside the executive who would have come out and talked about certain things.”
After hearing Jack’s defence, Harry remained unconvinced and maintained the embattled president had to go.
“His presentation is one where he sounds as if he is attempting to run for president as someone who just come in cricket, and as somebody who doesn’t have any idea how the cricket association is being run,” Harry responded.
“Look at it, all the points that he raised are things that [they] failed to do. ‘We tried to do this, we try to do that’. … but we [are] trying so many things and nothing seems to be happening so, [it makes] sense we just let somebody else deal with it; give somebody else the opportunity, [let us] try new ideas.”
Jack said despite the manner in which he was ousted, he held no ill feelings towards anyone and had accepted the will of the association.
“Well the people … have spoken and whatever they say, I would abide by that.”
The new executive, headed by the 30-year-old Shallow, includes three other members of Jack’s executive, including second vice-president Denis Byam, committee member Deighton Butler, and first vice-president Elson Crick.
Butler also resigned from Jack’s executive on Saturday prior to the vote.