ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Antiguan administrator, Derrick Nicholas, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA).
The appointment of a CEO is a first for the LICA administration but falls into place with a drive to overall the current state of the game in the sub-region.
Nicholas said he is looking forward to leading a team of professionals as they seek to revitalize the game within the Leeward Islands.
“It has been a long journey in terms of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association getting its administrative act in place and it’s another step in trying to put things right and put things in place. I am just one person that’s going to be leading a team of professionals to look after the business of Leeward Islands cricket and I feel very honoured and I am actually very humbled by the appointment,” he said.
“It’s the first time that the Leeward Islands Cricket Association would have had the CEO or any administrative set-up. Previously, it had been run pretty much by the executive and a team of volunteers in the islands but right now what is happening is that they are putting a team of professionals to look after the business and manage it year round,” he added.
Nicholas said there are serious concerns over the current state of play at all levels and would be high on the agenda of the new board.
“One of the things this executive and the previous executive is concerned about is the state of play in terms of the results of our various teams; the under-15, under-19, the under-17 and the senior teams and we are not particularly happy with the results and as a 1/6 member, a shareholder of the West Indies Cricket Board, we turn to the glory days and bring back the joy and passion of our spectators because with winning comes a lot of other benefits,” he said.
“It’s easier to attract sponsors, easier to attract the crowds and a lot of other good things happen so that is something we are going to be selling to our players. We will do everything we possibly can to ensure that the players are comfortable and well-placed to go out and perform at optimum levels,” Nicholas added.
In December of 2013, former Leeward Islands player and captain Auckland Hector was, elected President of LICA, taking over the reins from Gregory Shillingford who did not contest the elections.
Hector beat Anguilla’s Ralph Hodge at the polls to take the top spot. Hodge however returned to contest and won the lone vice president spot up for grabs.
Antiguan Enoch Lewis, who was challenged by countryman Zorol Barthley for the position of WICB rep, retained his position with a vote of 12 to four over the ABCA president.