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Richardson backs new man Fray

Allen Richardson admitted to his pleasure at seeing Lloyd Fray being voted in as the new president of the Bermuda Cricket Board last night by a majority vote by the clubs.

Richardson, who withdrew from the election race at the 11th hour, will remain as first vice-president, serving under Fray, the former second vice-president.

The former St George’s Cup Match player has served in various capacities during the past six years in his current role and has vowed to throw his full support behind the new incumbent.

“I figure that Lloyd would get it, I called him a few weeks ago and I told him I would support him fully,” said Richardson. “I was interested in the job but after a while when I saw what was taking place and how it would be in there I felt that my best place would be as the vice-president and to help the new president in his tenure.

“I am happy that it is him that was voted in, I think cricket will benefit a lot from him and I will give him my full support.

“It would have been nice to be in the running but I feel that I don’t want all the headaches that will run into, but with that being said I will definitely help him and be ready for him when he calls upon me.”

Some saw Richardson as an early front-runner to the position before doubts were raised about his work for the Board.

While admitting he would have relished the challenge to be the next BCB president, Richardson said he was contented to be continuing in his role as first vice-president.

“After a while I looked at the whole picture and saw what was going on and didn’t like it, and I said to myself do I have enough time and energy to focus on all the things that come with that job,” he said.

“I have enough energy to deal with cricketing matters but not the reserve to deal with the other things that may come with it that I have seen in this election campaign.

“I am comfortable with the decision and I am happy with it and I am looking for ward to the new season.”

St David’s coach Wendell Smith believes Fray is the right man to lead the BCB. He said: “He outlined a good plan when he presented his portfolio at the beginning and again tonight he reiterated this to the body, the clubs have spoken and we will see how it works out.

“I feel the votes speak for themselves and it was quite decisive when hearing the results.”

Bailey’s Bay vice-president Tareek Somner echoed Smith’s sentiments.

“The majority of the clubs made an excellent vote, we will now back what the new president has in place and will see what he can offer the sport,” said Somner.

“Bailey’s Bay is 100 percent behind him and if he calls upon us for whatever reason then we will be involved.”

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Published November 30, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 30, 2011 at 7:57 am)

Richardson backs new man Fray

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