Rodney bows to pressure, will contest local cricket elections

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President of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney, said he will be seeking re-election when the body holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) later this year.
His recent announcement contradicts what he said in February, when he announced that he will not contest the elections but would instead, seek to get back into coaching.
Rodney, who has served for the past two years, said he has been persuaded by many people to stay the course.
“I think I had no alternative but to, because of the overwhelming support. So I am up and about or will be up and about in terms of running again for the presidency of the cricket association. I’ve been spoken to by a number of persons who feel we are doing a reasonable job and to just back away from it now would not be a good idea based on where we have gotten it to. I thought it reasonable to reconsider and I have done that,” he said. 
The AGM, Rodney said, will most likely be called following the current season. The former coach was however, very careful not to predict whether or not he will face any challenges for the pending vote.
“I was pushing for the next couple of weeks but our executive feel like we have a lot of things going on and it will be much better if we wait until the season comes to a conclusion and deal with it. I don’t know, I can’t say that I expect or don’t expect [challengers]. It’s a democratic situation and anyone should feel free if they want to take the association,” he said.
The elections, due since November 2016, has been hampered by a series of cancellations after clubs failed to either turn out for scheduled meetings or to bring their financial status up to date.

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