Bailey back in the race
Ed Bailey has re-entered Bermuda Cricket Board’s (BCB) presidential race and reckons he has drummed up enough support to carry him across the line.
The prominent lawyer denounced his candidacy last week after strongly opposing the BCB having their election amid Government’s Commission of Inquiry into the millions they have pumped into cricket in recent years.
But since then he has had a change of heart, saying he had been persuaded by a number of influential cricket figures to reconsider his decision and as such has stepped up his election campaign behind the scenes over the past several days.
Bailey said he’s encouraged by the overwhelming support he has received from various segments of the community.
“I have been very deeply, deeply encouraged by so many players, former administrators and members of the public to run and so I have decided to attend the meeting on behalf of the Willow Cuts who have nominated me (for BCB president),” he added.
The past ICC qualification committee chairman reckoned he is more than equal to the task and associated many of the local game’s shortcomings to a lack of leadership at the BCB.
“The level of Bermuda’s cricket has decreased because of lack of leadership and that primarily has been because we have excommunicated ourselves from our neighbouring countries and basically internationally,” he said.
“We have lost all of our international ties which took tedious and hard work to build up over the years and that’s the total reason why we are now in the ICC World Cricket League Division Three as opposed to being in the top 13 teams (Associate) which I left cricket in 1997. Someone needs to stand up and reverse this decline that we find ourselves in.”
Bailey said what the BCB desperately required was a leader rather than a follower.
“We need somebody to be a full-time president and someone who can be hands on instead of depending on paid staff to make decisions,” he added. “You need an elected leader who is going to be a leader and not someone who is going to sit back and allow the Board to be managed by someone else. It is critical that you have someone who has the interest of Bermuda and not themselves at heart.”
Bailey’s bid for the BCB presidency suffered a body blow when allegations of wrongdoing during his previous term as Bermuda Cricket Board of Control president surfaced.
However, the honorary Willow Cuts president has dismissed the claims levied against his administration.
“The allegations are totally false and it’s unfortunate that there are individuals who are not putting their efforts into being productive and helping the sport and it is cricket that is suffering more than anything else,” Bailey said. “They are harming the sport. As opposed to going into the schools and assisting players we should be concentrating on developing. Their criticisms are only hurting the sport.”
Bailey now brings the number of candidates running for the BCB’s presidency back to four.
Others vying for the top post are current BCB executives Allen Richardson and Lloyd Fray and ex-national team skipper Clay Smith.