Dave Cameron re-elected West Indies Cricket Board president

Embattled Jamaican Dave Cameron has staved off the challenge of former Barbadian player Joel Garner to retain the presidency of the West Indies Cricket Board on Saturday.

Cameron received eight of the 12 votes on offer from affiliates in Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands.

Incumbent vice president Emmanuel Nanthan was also returned to office after turning back Baldath Mahabir by a margin of 8-4.

The WICB election followed weeks of campaigning centred around the abandoned tour of India by the Caribbean side.

The Board of Control of Cricket in India threatened the WICB with legal action costing millions of dollars in damages.

“It’s been a very difficult couple of months,” Cameron told reporters.

“Prior to that I think we were sailing smoothly,” he added. “But every time there is a challenge, there is an opportunity and we’ve used that situation in India as an opportunity, and the opportunity we see coming out of this is that we are going to make West Indies cricket better.”

Cameron also faced backlash for a retweet, which criticised Jamaica and West Indies batsman Chris Gayle who failed with the bat in a World Cup match against Pakistan in Christchurch.

Cameron was first elected president of the West Indies Cricket Board in 2012, defeating then incumbent president Julian Hunte.