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The provision of daily shuttle services for approximately 250 employees throughout north,
south, central and east Trinidad, utilising approximately 24 vehicles ranging in capacity from
24 seats to 5 and 7 seats.
central and east Trinidad
certificate from a recognised competent local organisation
from the original passenger
Expression of Interest for
Shuttle and Taxi Services
"Great leaders are not easy to find," noted
Rem Rieder, writing in USA Today, paying
tribute to famed, former Washington Post s
executive editor Ben Bradlee, who was
buried last week, having died aged 93.
"A great leader," continued Rieder, "makes
people believe in the mission. A great leader
makes you want to please him (or her). A
great leader gets you to play at a higher level
than you knew that you could. A great leader
has your back!"
Almost exact words had been repeatedly
used when West Indies ruled the roost of
world cricket, describing especially captain
Clive Lloyd, and his immediate successor
Sir Vivian Richards, as their teams comprising
dynamic fast bowers and enterprising, excit-
ing batsmen fully dominated the firmament.
Nearly 40 years later, several leaders, great
and small, are required to bring West Indies
cricket back from that brink it now finds
I never get credit for things I originate,
not even honourable mentions, but some
might remember that as St Vincent s Prime
Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves reiterated after-
wards, Grenada s Prime Minister Dr Keith
Mitchell and former Jamaican Prime Minister
PJ Patterson have been earmarked to be on
that special committee to be convened to
look into this still very fluid and volatile sit-
uation in WI cricket.
No stress. We all do whatever we can do
But if you are not fully aware of whom
Ben Bradlee really was, if that name vaguely
rings a historical bell, Bradlee was very inte-
gral to the situation that caused the downfall
and resignation of Richard M Nixon, 37th
President of United States of America, por-
trayed in the great film "All the Presidents
Woodward and Carl
Bernstein to the hilt
as they pursued
1972 s "Watergate
in Washington DC,
at a time when con-
firmation of any
took much more of
gut feelings than
today s world where
can be technologically verified immediately. Bradlee
always had the backs of Woodward and Bernstein.
Dave Cameron, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
president, the aforementioned Caribbean political
honchos, and the other sporting and business leaders
due to feature in this general overview, will have to
accept that whatever happens, this bad situation must
be deemed temporary, WI cricket continuing forward.
Great trust must be executed if WI cricket is to move
on, with much alacrity, to the immediate future of
touring South Africa next month with a team worthy
of having that moniker and even more so, for ICC
World Cup 2015. These next two weeks are as impor-
tant to WI cricket as any period in its short histo-
ry.That Marlon Samuels is the only senior player
already confirmed for that SA tour, which must hap-
pen, indicates that even as shadows are being passed
over our visages, understandings, decisions and com-
ings-together are much more distant between the
respective warring parties than meet the eyes.
Total trust in sport is everything. Without that, no
sport would be successful, especially team sports.
Last week, San Francisco Giants won USA s baseball
World Series, courtesy of tremendous late seventh
game pitching from "Most Valuable Player" Madison
Bumgarner, who was not supposed to have been
pitching that night, at least not for as long as he even-
tually did -- five full energised innings.
SF Giants were leading 3-2, just hanging on, as
Kansas City Royals seemed destined to rally and win
their second "World Series" ever, since their only win
way back in 1985. Royals were really steaming!
Then Giants manager Bruce Bochy did the unimag-
inable, almost unthinkable. He placed massive trust
and belief in his much used, excellent, but not suf-
ficiently rested ace pitcher, Bumgarner, to bring home
San Fran s eight "World Series" success.
Only great leaders have that sort of trust and belief
in their teams and players.
Many Caribbean citizens have already intimated
that all true, really great leaders of anything worthwhile
of our region are already dead including WI captain
Sir Frank Worrell, Barbados Prime Minister Errol
Barrow, Jamaica s Premiers/Prime Ministers Sir
Alexander Bustamante, Noman Manley and Michael
Manley, T&T s Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams,
Guyana s Presidents Forbes Burnham and Dr Cheddie
Jagan. Most of those were either very active when
most of the Caribbean was becoming independent,
or indeed, actually overviewed independence for their
respective countries. Of course, Sir Frank is still con-
sidered as probably the best WI captain ever, if you
ask old timers.
But what made them so special?
All had one clear objective and mission -- overall
well-being of the Caribbean. Most kept their words!
Our present lot are mostly coined and considered
as parochial, provincial, insular and selfish. Hence,
our present diaspora and especially cricketers are
thusly regarded in that same dismal light too.
That must change immediately, if anything is to
be achieved by these difficult ensuing discussions.
Most present WI senior cricketers are relatively
well off anyway. One suspects that they are much
more concerned about proper principles and clear
communications being forthcoming than full finances,
even if they are important too.
Trust in one s word is worth so much more than
millions in the bank. Enjoy!
Trusting West Indies' leaders
COLIN EH CROFT
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