West Indies cricket President Dave Cameron was criticized for retweeting a fan’s tweet which demanded their opener Chris Gayle to be given a retirement package.
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Cameron’s behaviour was termed as ‘unacceptable’ by WICB players’ representatives. The incident took place during the West Indies’ match against Pakistan at Christchurch on Saturday when Gayle was out for four, stretching his run of matches without a century in ODI cricket to 20.
One fan tweeted: “Gayle goes… Can’t buy a run. Let’s give him a retirement package … Can’t fail repeatedly and still front up based on reputation“.
Cameron then apparently retweeted the post even as the match was ongoing. The West Indies Players Association (WIPA), often at loggerheads with the WICB in a long-standing battle over contracts and payments, immediately denounced Cameron.
WIPA is extremely disturbed by the unacceptable re-tweeting by Mr. Dave Cameron, President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), of a negative “fan” tweet which was directed at our member Mr. Christopher Gayle. That Mr Cameron’s retweet came in the middle of the West Indies team’s critical game against Pakistan renders it even more unacceptable. We denounce any such behaviour by any official of the WICB in any given circumstance, WIPA chief executive Wavell Hinds added.
Cameron, later apologised for his actions and removed the post from his account.
“No offense intended. Full apologies extended. Rally round the West Indies,” he wrote on his twitter account @davec51.