ST JOHN’S, Antigua – President of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Zorol Barthley, has confirmed reports that he will not be seeking re-election when the organisation hosts its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections in November.
Barthley would have served a one-year team in 2012 before serving a two-year tenure spanning 2013 and 2014 after the ABCA voted to extend the lifespan of the executive by a year.
The businessman however, said it’s time to make way for fresh ideas.
“At the end of the day, cricket is not about me. I am a member of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA). I will always be involved in cricket (and) I will always be supportive of cricket and as individuals, you have got to make your best decisions,” he said.
“I think it would have been challenging, it would have been tough to come to the media, to the general assemble and say look, for the last two years, I’ve been the best there could have been, but I am just saying that as the president of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), I think the opportunity is ripe for someone, maybe with a new vision, new directives,” he added.
Former executive member and former national coach, Leon “Kuma” Rodney, two weeks ago announced he will be challenging for the top post in November.
Asked if he will support Rodney’s bid, Barthley said he will support anyone with the capability of moving the sport forward.
“My biggest interest as it stands now is to ensure that I complete a full term, to make sure we don’t get past the end of November and not being able to pull a quorum for the AGM and to support whosoever becomes president of the association going forward. Zorol Barthley will be fully supportive, and as a matter of a fact, I am in certain discussions with regards to sponsorship, which may not be finalised in my term, but obviously, being a member of the association, I’ll pursue those interest to ensure that the value of those come forward to Antigua & Barbuda cricket,” he said.
A definite date has not been set for the hosting of the AGM, but Barthley hopes it will happen at the end of November.