Dave Cameron seemed positive about West Indies Cricekt's future © Getty Images
Dave Cameron seemed positive about West Indies Cricekt’s future © Getty Images

West Indies Cricket is having a dream run in the last 3 months reaching every final of ICC World Cup events. First they won the Under-19 World Cup beating India and now both their men’s and women’s team has reached the finals of T20 World Cup 2016. It has been a great turnaround for West Indies Cricket in recent times. West Indies Cricket has been in news for quite a while now regarding pay issues to players. If both the teams win their respective finals, it will be a big win for both West Indies and their chairman Dave Cameron who is now in India seeing their team’s progress. He was appointed as the chairman in 2013 for WICB (West Indian Cricket Board). He cleared the air on many issues in his interview with TOI.

Would you consider this sudden success as sheer luck or commencement of an another era of West Indies domination in World Cricket?
It is the beginning of the revival process. We have put in place a robust system that will take some more time to churn out the results we want. The success of our U-19, ladies and men’s team proves that we are headed in the right direction.

What was the role of WICB in such a drastic change for West Indies Cricket?
Prior to 2005, we had an amateurish set up in first-class cricket where players only got to play just five four-day matches in a season. We have now replaced that with a professional set-up and players get to play at least 10 matches.

Has the issues related to player’s contract been solved?
We have 15 players who are currently contracted to the WICB. Besides this we have 90 others who are contracted to the six regional franchises. The franchise teams currently compete in the four-day WICB Professional League as well as the one-day WICB Super50 Tournament.

What is the status in Women’s department?
Currently, 11 women players are centrally contracted. They played some good cricket to get into the WT20 final for the first time and we hope they will go all the way.

What are your thoughts about U-19 team as the future of West Indies Cricket Team?
Our U-19 team was the best-prepared team ever. They not only attended clinics but also played a lot of domestic cricket before entering the World Cup. Naturally, we are delighted with the results.

Has the issue regarding players’ payment due is solved ot still in process?
I am happy to say that payments issue raised by the players before the WT20 meet has been amicably settled. You can see that it is a happy dressing room.

Wasn’t the team’s exit from the test series against India in 2014 quite outrageous and affected West Indies badly?
It was a nightmare, but thankfully, it is over. The BCCI and the WICB have sorted out the matter across the table. Expect a joint statement in this regard in a day or two. WICB will be hosting India for a four Test series in July-August and we will return for a limited-overs series next year.

Do you think there was some tension between the WIPA and WICB?
It is very important for players and administrators to understand that they have specific roles to play. We have to respect that. When Clive Lloyd’s team was winning, I doubt whether he knew who was heading the West Indies cricket board. Looking back, it was a trying time for all of us, but I’m happy to say that currently there is no trust deficit between the WIPA and WICB.

Eight of your players in the team will be in late 30s and soon be retiring? Does that concern you and how are you planning to handle that situation?
Young blood is gradually being infused into the side. The other seven players in the squad are in the mid-20s. Quite a few players from our U-19 squad are already pushing for selection in the senior team. I reckon in two years’ time we will see a robust West Indies outfit across all three formats.

Most of your players on various T20 leagues around the globe. What inclines you to give them NOCs for this leagues, doesn’t it affect your domestic circuit?
Our cricket season starts in November and ends in March. The IPL is played in April-May so it doesn’t clash with our domestic calendar. We have made it compulsory for players to play all our domestic competitions in order to be eligible for selection for the West Indies team.