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I had never imagined myself being
president of the TTCB.
My sole purpose is to serve the
game that I love so much. It is my
vision to see cricket continuously
advance and for the T&T brand to
become more recognized both
regionally and internationally. I work
tirelessly and will continue to do so
with the assistance and support of
my executive, to see that this comes
What has happened in India is
indeed very unfortunate. This inci-
dent will hurt West Indies cricket
for a long time to come. It is unlike
me to point fingers at anyone in
particular, but this situation could
have been avoided. We must now
engage in discussion to move ahead
with our cricket, and it is my hope
that things fall back in place as soon
I would probably have to say, gen-
erally speaking, that it is wise to get
all the facts before passing judgment
on any person or entity.
Since assuming office in 2009
we were severely hampered with
funding as most of you already
know. Our youth programmes have
been severely affected as a result of
this, as we were not able to touch
on areas that we felt could have
assisted in developing and moulding
even better cricketers.
The clubs, which are the back-
bone of the TTCB, were not assisted
as we would have liked. We request-
ed additional funding for our clubs
but this never materialized, without
so much as an acknowledgement
from the relevant authorities.
It would have to be Dr Alloy
Lequay. This man transformed
cricket administration in T&T.
When I first met Dr Lequay, he
struck me as an honest and humble
individual who worked tirelessly for
cricket. He would always give 100
per cent in any activities he under-
took. He was indeed a diligent
worker who has made a sincere
contribution to society.
Young Pakistani activist Malala
Yousafzai. I ve chosen her because
of the tremendous impact she has
created wherever she goes. She is
a very intelligent young woman who
has captivated the hearts of so many
people around the world. The one
question I would ask her is "Where
do you get the confidence and ener-
gy to go on like this at such a young
I am a very family oriented person,
and my grandchildren mean the world
There are several achievements but
I will just name a few: T&T winning
the Caribbean T20 tournament in 2011,
2012 and 2013; winning three consec-
utive terms as president of the TTCB;
managing with minimal funding and
successfully administering our pro-
grammes; safely guiding this ship for
the past five years, without any dis-
tractions or obstacles along the way.
To see T&T win the Regional 4-
Day competition, and to see West
Indies cricket rise yet again to the top.
I would also like to see the politics in
cricket removed and for everyone to
work together towards the betterment
of the sport.
I would consider a combination of
hard work, humility and perseverance
as the ideal recipe.
I would have to say Amiable and
out of cricket
Former Sports Minister Anil Roberts, left, Denesh Ramdin and T&TCB president Azim Bassarath show off the
trophy which T&T won at the Caribbean T20 tournament. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
In this 2013 file photo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Juliana Boodram makes a symbolic
presentation of the $1M sponsorship cheque to president of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath. Looking on from left front
row, are Sunil Narine, manager Omar Khan, captain Denesh Ramdin, coach David Williams and Nicholas Pooran.
Back from left Dinesh Mahabir (analyst), Rayad Emrit, Kelvin Williams assistant coach, physio Oba Gulson, Jason
Mohammed (partly hidden), Ravi Rampaul, mentor Brian Lara, Navin Stewart, Adrian Barath, Yannick Ottley, Evin
Lewis and Sherwin Ganga.
"I would also like to see the
politics in cricket removed
and for everyone to work
together towards the
betterment of the sport."
What has happened in India is indeed very unfortunate. This incident will hurt West Indies cricket for a long
time to come. It is unlike me to point fingers at anyone in particular, but this situation could have been
avoided. We must now engage in discussion to move ahead with our cricket, and it is my hope that things fall
back in place as soon as possible.
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