PRESIDENT of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Ricky Skerritt could find himself before the Justice Winston Anderson-chaired CWI Ethics Committee after CWI presidential hopeful Anand Sanasie lodged a formal written complaint with CWI Corporate Secretary Alanna Medford-Singh.
The complaint is regarding President Ricky Skerritt’s meeting with Guyana’s Minister of Sport, Charles Ramson Jr.
Speaking on the Mason and Guest radio programme on Tuesday evening, the Guyanese board member revealed that he had “activated” an internal process to report incumbent Skerritt. While Sanasie did not disclose full details, he is contending that the full CWI board was not informed of the meeting, and the decisions flowing from the meeting are designed to create an unfair advantage for Skerritt’s bid to be re-elected.
Skerritt reportedly met in a virtual meeting with the Guyana Sport Minister, along with a group of handpicked CWI directors, excluding Sanasie and his running mate Calvin Hope of Barbados.
Should Sanasie’s complaint be upheld by the CWI Ethics Committee, it could see Skerritt being disqualified from his re-election bid.
Skerritt is reportedly attempting to avoid facing the CWI Ethics Committee.
This is not the first time that Skerritt has been reported to the CWI Ethics Committee. Back in 2020, The Gleaner had reported that Skerritt was hauled before the CWI Ethics Committee after a report was submitted to the body accusing him of breaches of the CWI Code of Ethics as well as a violation of the memorandum of association. Meanwhile, as it stands, Skerritt is the lead contender in the presidential race.
The Leeward Islands Cricket Board (LICB), has been the latest territorial board to have publically endorsed the sitting president and vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow for a second term when CWI’s virtual Annual General Meeting is held on March 28.
The LICB joined the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), and the Windward Islands Cricket Board (WICB), as the other two territorial boards to have signalled their support for a Skerritt/Shallow return for another term.
As it stands, the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) has not yet formalised its decision for whom it will vote to be the next president of CWI, but First vice-president of JCA, Dr Donovan Bennett, told Chronicle Sport recently that while the JCA has not declared its position publicly since the board has not yet called a meeting to have a formal decision in place, he doesn’t see any reason why Jamaica would want to change its position from the people’s selection.
Skerritt was elected president of CWI on March 24, 2019, replacing Dave Cameron. Skerritt beat Cameron, who was in the role for six years, by a vote of eight to four in the elections conducted through secret ballot.
Shallow also defeated Cameron’s deputy, Emmanuel Nanthan, by the same margin to take over as vice-president.