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Hunte vs Cameron for presidency today


Today the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will decide if incumbent president Julian Hunte will return to the post for a fourth two-year term. The WICB has its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, when Jamaican Dave Cameron, a WICB vice president, will oppose Hunte, who turned 73 two weeks ago.

The road to today's AGM has not exactly been smooth, with a number of controversies popping up.

Former West Indies director Clive Lloyd quit the Board in 2011 to join the Government-appointed Interim Management Committee (IMC) over allegations of corruption within the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).

The WICB denounced the IMC, stating it recognised the GCB as the only body responsible for cricket in Guyana. Lloyd's attempts to return to the Board via a bid for the presidency were shot down last month when he failed to secure the required nomination from a second territory to go up against Hunte and Cameron.

Also, a recent newspaper report alleged that Cameron had threatened legal action over claims that his manifesto had been treated unfairly by the Barbados Cricket Association, and delayed, unlike Hunte's. Cameron has since stated that he has initiated no such action against the BCA, but asked that the matter be dealt with fairly.

An apparent change of heart by Hunte was another highlight of the current presidential campaign, as he has been reported in January as saying he would not be seeking a fourth term. Cameron was regarded as next in line to take over.

In an article at the beginning of this month, the Vincentian Newspaper of St Vincent tipped Hunte to win the election.

The article claimed the current WICB head already had the backing of the Barbados and Windward Islands boards, and expected him to secure the support of Guyana and the Leeward Islands as well.

All these issues add to the intrigue surrounding today's election, particularly with the improved showings by the regional side, which won the World T20 last year, and won six straight Tests to move to joint sixth with Sri Lanka in the rankings.