'Manna' from Heaven

Jamaica Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) presidential candidate William 'Billy' Heaven believes his two-pronged development plan is the tonic the sport needs in order to survive.

Heaven, who was presenting his election manifesto at the University of the West Indies Mona Visitors' Lodge yesterday, said the development of cricket not only as a game, but also as a business, is crucial.

He said great attention has to be placed on player development, coaching programmes, administration, officiating as well as plenty of focus on facilities at clubs and in the schools.

Heaven, the chief executive officer of the CHASE Fund, who is challenging current JCA first vice-president Milton Henry for the top job, said strong leadership is needed for the cash-strapped JCA.

"The Jamaica Cricket Association needs strong and effective leadership and that is a key point. It has to be managed properly," he said.

He said that financial sustainability, effective marketing, securing sponsorship and succession planning is at the heart of the business approach.

According to Heaven, he and his executive team, which he also announced yesterday, were ready to pave "the way forward" for cricket in Jamaica.

"I bring quality leadership, I bring a track record not only in the public and private sector but also in multi-national corporations.

"I also bring a team and it's a phenomenal team, it's almost a dream team that we have put together if you look at the different skill sets. So we have put together a team that we believe can take the game forward because the composition of the team should ensure that happens," Heaven said.

Heaven's executive slate comprises Dr Donovan Bennett as first vice-president; fast bowling legend Courtney Walsh as second vice-president; Fritz Harris as secretary; Clinton Clarke as assistant secretary; Wayne Sutherland as treasurer; and Hopeton Morrison as assistant treasurer.

Bennett and Harris are members of the current administration. Bennett is the second vice-president, while Harris is the secretary.

Lyndel Wright, the outgoing JCA president, announced earlier this year that he will not seek re-election at the annual general meeting, which will be held on November 28.

Wright has openly supported Henry as his successor.

A total of 101 delegates across the country's cricket clubs, parishes and associations are eligible to vote at the AGM.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 12:52