Rivals lack my experience Richardson
Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) presidential candidate Allen Richardson has taken aim at his fellow rivals.
With the election to determine who replaces outgoing BCB president Reggie Pearman just days away, the former St David’s cricketer has cranked up the heat by firing a potshot at Lloyd Fray and Clay Smith, who he feels lack the all round credentials needed to point local cricket in the right direction.
“Each has strengths and I certainly respect both of them . . . but at present I don’t think they have the total well roundness to lead the Board,” Richardson said.
“I look at one (Fray) with the business sense but the actual hard core background and in the trenches dealings with clubs and getting out and actually seeing what is going on I think he needs more time for that.”
Richardson believes that Smith’s administrative inexperience makes him unqualified for the top job.
“Although Clay has a good background and being involved in cricket, I think he lacks the administrative abilities,” he said.
Richardson is convinced that he is the right man for the job and says he has the experience of serving on Reggie Pearman’s administration to back him up.
“I have been there for six years and so I know the ins and outs and have attended conferences (ICC) and begun to make contacts,” he said. “I think I have the complete package to take over the Board.”
The civil servant believes his contacts within Government could prove invaluable at the BCB if elected.
“I have a better understanding as to where Government is coming from so that’s something we can’t neglect,” Richardson said. “I think we can put a package together for Government that would be attractive so we can get more funding.”
The past week hasn’t been a particular easy one for the candidate who had to endure a highly charged interview session with BCB affiliates.
“My interview was charged because at the time I did feel a bit aggrieved because it didn’t appear that one or two of the affiliates there appreciated the good things that I have achieved,” he said. “All the good work that I have done for some reason seemed to be put on the back burner and that made me a bit charged.
“But on the other side there was a club affiliate that actually spoke up and praised the work that I had done as vice -president.”
Richardson also gave reasons for declining an invitation to appear on television with fellow candidates Fray and Smith earlier this week.
“I was invited by Earl (ZBM part-time sports reporter Earl Basden) but had other engagements,” he said. “I had hoped he would change it (the date) because that would’ve been a good opportunity.”
The former St George’s Cup Match player holds the outgoing Pearman in high esteem and said it had been a pleasure to work under the long serving sports administrator for the past several years.
“I have the highest regard for Mr Pearman and I don’t know how he has lasted this long with some of the criticisms he has had to endure,” he said. “I have always admired him and I think he will be missed.”