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At the time of writing, the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB), has not
yet indicated the composition of or
terms of reference for the promised
task force (TF) to investigate the
issues surrounding the recent
abandonment of the Indian tour.
In anticipation of an early
announcement, please allow me to
suggest to the eventual task force
appointees that the following
questions be directed by them to
Dwayne Bravo and his accomplices:
1) Were the player contracts
governing the current 20/20
tournament in South Africa offered
before the withdrawal or threat of
withdrawal from the Indian tour?
2) If they were not offered before,
when did you and/or your group first
have discussions with the South
African tournament organisers about
participation in the Ram Slam
tournament currently under way?
3) When were the application for
player work permits for the current
tournament made to the South
African Department of Labor, and by
4) Did you seek assurances from
the Indian Premier League (IPL)
organisation or representatives that
you and your group would not be
barred from participation in their
future tournaments before the
withdrawal from the Indian tour?
I would also further respectfully
suggest that the Cricket South
Africa (CSA) and the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) be
asked by the task force to provide
corroborative input or information
for the answers provided to the
The tournament organisers
mentioned are all close affiliates of
the CSA and BCCI so answers would
presumably not be difficult to obtain.
Ihave been reading the various
articles and commentaries in the
press about the recent final and for-
mal demise of West Indian cricket. I
am flabbergasted at the stance
taken by many who say they have
the future of WI cricket at heart. All
seem to be missing the big picture.
We have one last opportunity to
take control of cricket, send a
message to those who play watch
and love the game, and at the same
time, send a message to the
politicians who have progressively
ruined these once beautiful islands.
You see, what is happening to
cricket is a reflection of what is taking
place in Trinidad and the region. Can
players who are contractually bound
to appear and play simply decide not
to do so?
Do we agree that this is acceptable
behaviour? Reports suggest that the
West Indies will field the strongest
possible team in South Africa
because there will be no
"victimisation." Apparently, and
what is even worse, there is no
Is the WICB without blame for our
current issues? Obviously not, but
that is not really the question, is it?
Can we not see that this most recent
action and the predictable response,
is at the heart of our problems? It is
all about what is in it for us, simply
because there is no accountability
and therefor no consequences.
This is why we drink and drive,
why we run red lights, why we ignore
speed limits, why our politicians pilfer
the Treasury with impunity, why a
year after the warnings about ChikV
we still don't have a comprehensive
spraying programme (the sprayers
not working). We are losing the war.
As for the BCCI, let them sue. The
WICB has no money. Let them sue it
out of business. We can start again.
Maybe this time we can put control
back in the name.
On an overseas trip recently to the
US and another country, I noticed
travellers over 75 years were exempt
from removing their shoes by
security inspectors; and there have
been prominent airport notices re the
75-year waiver for about six months.
Will T&T please extend the same
courtesy at Piarco and Robinson
When checking in my luggage at
JFK, the CAL attendant (BW423,
November 2) required me to remove
a harmless pink ribbon as well as an
old piece of pyjama which I have used
for years to help identify and
distinguish my bag from others.
Could this be official CAL policy, or
just the lady's vaps?
Michael J Williams,
Air travel service really needs improving
Street dwelling has seem to have reared its head again despite the initiatives
of the Ministry of the People to rid the capital of the problem, as evident by
this homeless man seen sleeping along Sackville Street, Port-of-Spain,
Monday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Questions for Bravo bunch
Minister Fuad Khan, instead of
dismissing the concerns of
citizens over the ambulance
service, needs to understand the
realities they face everyday.
People are put at serious risk
from lack of this service and, we
as tax-paying citizens, are
concerned as it affects us all. It
compromises our lives and lives of
Life is valued most highly in
most societies, and obstacles that
devalue it or put it at risk need to
be addressed as soon as possible.
The citizens do not know of any
real action being taken in this area
and, as a result, we feel as if our
lives are not valued or respected
by our government.
We need to see active steps
being taken in this regard, as well
as improved response by
emergency services so that we
know our lives and families' lives
Do something please.
CRICKET FIASCO A
REFLECTION OF WI SOCIETY
We need to feel we do matter
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