Bridgetown: Chetram Singh withdrew as the sole candidate for the presidential elections of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The reason — ownership of a gambling business in Guyana would have disqualified him from holding a position on the ICC.
The 53-year-old Singh, president of the Guyana Cricket Board, announced his decision on Sunday at the WICB’s annual meeting in Roseau, Dominica.
“I believe that West Indies cricket needs continued unity at this time and I would not wish to accept the post of president without the broad-based support of the board and the cricket-loving people of the Caribbean,” he said.
The cricket board has opened nominations to its six- member boards, including Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands. The WICB said it would call a special meeting to elect a replacement for Wes hall who resigned at the meeting in Dominica.
Hall has cited unspecified health problems, which inhibit his ability to travel. Cricket officials have not set a date for the special meeting.
Val banks, the Anguillan banker who was re-elected vice president at the meeting over the only other candidate, will act as interim president. (AP)