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Cuts backing Bailey for BCB presidency

Ed Bailey has been nominated by his club and could still make a run for the Bermuda Cricket Board presidency.

The honorary Willow Cuts president withdrew from the race to replace Reggie Pearman last week in protest at the BCB's plans to go ahead with their AGM amid Government's Commission of Inquiry into the millions they have invested in cricket in recent years.

However, his club has gone ahead and nominated their honorary member despite his decision, paving the way for him to get back into the race should he desire to do so.

“The Willow Cuts Cricket Club have submitted a nomination form to the Bermuda Cricket Board nominating Mr Edward P Bailey for president in the upcoming election. And we are confident that he will change his mind about vying for the top spot,” Carla Basden, the Willow Cuts secretarysaid.

At the time of decision to pull out of the race, Bailey, who declined to comment yesterday, reportedly had the support of at least two prominent clubs and had been considered a strong contender to succeed Pearman as BCB president.

“Mr Bailey has a lot of support and I have had several calls from people asking for my opinion and I have made calls as well supporting him,” Dennis Wainwright, the former Bermuda Cricket Board of Control administrator said. “I seriously think he should reconsider because I feel he's the best person for the job.

“We need a person with experience ... we don't need to be waiting another two years for the president to find his way. Our cricket is in crisis and we need a person who has the ability and strength to make decisions that are going to benefit us.”

Bailey's withdrawal coincided with fresh claims of financial irregularities that allegedly took place during his previous term as BCBC president. The veteran lawyer vehemently denies any wrongdoing during his watch and labelled his critics as “ghostly cowards”.

“Allegations are allegations and as far as I'm concerned it's easy for someone to hide behind a pen or a name and make accusations. Until you can bring proof of something I think we should dismiss these allegations,” Wainwright said. “It's always a problem dirt digging when it comes around to elections and if you want to be truthful we can start digging up dirt from the top at the BCB if we want to be nasty and point fingers.”

Willow Cuts secretary Basden added: “It is a shame that it has come down to persons making personal attacks against him which shows us that he poses a threat.”

Presently running for the BCB presidency are current Board vice presidents Allen Richardson and Lloyd Fray and ex-national team skipper Clay Smith who Wainwright feels are not equal to the task.

“Quite frankly I don't think they are ready for the leadership of this country's national body and there is one particular chap I don't even remember him being an administrator for his club,” he said. “Two of them have been there (BCB) for awhile and they are a part of our problems so I don't see how they are going to rectify our situation.

“I have nothing personal against the other candidates, it's just that we need somebody who has a backbone like Mr Bailey who is not afraid to make hard decisions to take our cricket forward.”

Ed Bailey has been nominated for BCB presidency and urged to rejoin the presidential race. photo by david skinner

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Published November 24, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 24, 2011 at 8:10 am)

Cuts backing Bailey for BCB presidency

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