Smithen’s appointment comes after a series of planning meetings, organized, principally, amongst cricket commentators, starting back in January this year; but it also follows discussions that have been ongoing for a few years between various stakeholders.
According to some sources, commentators in St. Kitts have been trying for some time now to create a new organization that could help in their overall training and development. It is to cater for practitioners who cover all sporting disciplines, including cricket, football, netball, volleyball, athletics and all other sports activities.
The new body, when fully established, will also include scorers and statisticians who play a critical role in the broadcast of any sporting event, said an official on the interim committee.
Smithen’s selection to the interim committee was one of the matters decided on Saturday 12th May, 2012, during a meeting of commentators and scorers, held at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium. Other members appointed were Ray John, Victor Eddy, Yvette Somersall and Rickey Scarborough Clarke.
The committee has been mandated to coordinate the drafting of a constitution, code of conduct, explore opportunities for training, recruitment of members and establishing general guidelines that could help to improve the level of performance of commentators throughout the St. Kitts and Nevis.
Much effort is also to be made to discuss the concept of the association with all interested commentators and some of the key associations that are usually in need of commentary for their events.