Dave Cameron denies Skerritt's 'one-man band' claims

By Sports Desk March 16, 2019

Dave Cameron, in an interview with the SportsMax Zone, has come out to say his challenger for the post of Cricket West Indies President, Ricky Skerritt, is not correct in suggesting his dictatorship style is reason to vote him out.

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