Richardson wants Smith to be his right hand man
Allen Richardson appears likely to be unchallenged in his bid to replace outgoing Bermuda Cricket Board president Reggie Pearman later this year.
The BCB vice-president has made no secret of his long-standing desire to hold the top job, which will be up for grabs when Pearman officially steps down at the Board’s annual general meeting which is due to be held in either October or November.
Richardson has been canvasing clubs for their support throughout the season and is believed to be ready to name Clay Smith as the man he wants as his second in command. Smith was not prepared comment yesterday when asked about the possibility of being Richardson’s number two.
Meanwhile, Lloyd Fray, the BCB second vice president, is believed to be preparing to walk away from the game altogether so he can spend more time concentrating on his role as chief executive at BTC. And with no other challengers having made themselves known, Richardson’s appointment is looking like a foregone conclusion.
“Allen (Richardson) is really, really pushing for it,” said one club president, “he’s wanted it for some time and I heard that he was the only one challenging.”
How popular Smith would be with the clubs as vice president remains to be seen. A polarising figure on many issues, several club officials have expressed concern as to whether now is the right time for the Bermuda and St George’s Cup Match star to step into an administration roll.
Smith though has publicly voiced his desire to see new blood take over at the Board on several ocassions, mainly through his weekly column for
The Royal Gazette, and has been just as outspoken about the need to change the attitude of Bermuda’s cricketers.
“Whoever takes over it’s going to be tough,” said one club official. “I think it’s more...Allen will take over, but who’s going to be vice president. I think that’s all up in the air.
“I heard that Allen Richardson likes Clay (Smith), he asked me ‘what do you think about Clay?’.
“My thoughts are, sure he’s a great guy and I think he would offer a lot, (but) is that the right position and the right time (for him).
“It’s entirely up to them, whoever takes over must realise it’s not an easy thing and you’re not going in there for some glory seeking stuff, it’s going to be hard work.”