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The Secretary of Unity Sports
Club, Kemraj Ramsingh, has filed
a complaint to the Secretary of the
National Cricket League, concern-
ing a match between Unity and
Young Defenders that was played
on March 9 and 10, 2013 in the East
North-East Championship T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB) Division.
The Chairman, Rasheed Khan, is
claiming that Young Defenders
opened the batting with two players
who were not eligible to do so. It is
alleged by the captain of Young
Defenders that the two players got
involved in an accident and would
have arrived late.
The batsmen did not field when
Unity batted in the first inning on
the first day s play and as a result
were not allowed to open the innings.
Khan also claims that Young Defend-
ers fielded an additional ineligible
player on the second day s play who
was not a nominated player. Young
Defenders won the match and got
full points. As a result, Unity Sports
Club was demoted to the North-
East Zonal Council of the T&T
Unity Sports Club raised these
irregularities with the various dis-
ciplinary committees hoping for
assistance but no decision was made
in its favour. The club first took the
matter to the National League Dis-
ciplinary Committee (NLDC), the
first stage in dealing with disciplinary
problems. The NLDC believed the
captain of Young Defenders who
claimed that the two players got
involved in an accident. The umpire s
report must be submitted 72 hours
after completion of the cricket match
and not four months as was the case.
Unity stated if this was allowed
to happen it will set a bad precedent
for any further dispute of this nature,
as it was not in compliance with the
rules and regulations.
Unity then took the matter to the
second stage by bringing an appeal
to the Appeals Tribunal Committee
that was heard on March 14 and
August 7 this year.
Finally, Unity took its concern to
the final stage in the dispute reso-
lution settlement by appealing the
matter to arbitration and the club
paid the requisite fee of $5,000.
However, the Unity Sports Club
notes that despite the fact that the
matter was heard by the Tribunal
Committee, the National Appeals
Committee and the Tribunal said
the matter should be at the arbitra-
tion stage, but the matter still
remains at the tribunal stage. Unity
Sports Club saw this as a miscarriage
of justice and a breach of the rules
of natural justice.
The Unity Sports Club was dis-
appointed that the TTCB did not
respond to its communication dated
August 20, 2014 concerning the pro-
cedure for dealing with the disci-
plinary hearing for 2013 according
to the constitution and it cannot be
retroactive to 2014.
Despite the long delay by the
TTCB for Unity Sports Club to
obtain justice in the matter, the club
showed sportsmanship by withdraw-
ing an injunction in the High Court
early in 2014 to allow Young Defend-
ers to play for the 2014 Season.
At the High Court hearing the
TTCB was not present or could not
meet the appointed time to be pres-
ent for the hearing after the judge
contacted the Secretary of the TTCB
Emma Rose Trestrail, Cheyenne
Chin Choy and Che Andrews will be
some of the top players featuring at
the 38th Annual RBC Junior Tennis
tournament, which serves off today
at the Trinidad Country Club, Mar-
aval, from 9 am.
Girls and boys will compete in the
Under-10, U-12, U-14 and U-18 cat-
egories. The tournament, which ends
on Thursday, will host 170 players.
Some of the other favourites in the
tournament includes Adam
Ramkissoon, Nabeel Mohammed, Ryan
Thomas, Yin Lee Assang, Victoria Koy-
lass, Breanna Lawrence, Thalia Skeene
and Adam Escalante.
Escalante will be hoping to seek
revenge this time around against
Andrews. Last year in the boys singles
U-14 final Andrews defeated Escalante
6-4, 6-4. Trestrail will also aim to go
one better after she lost in the final of
the combined girls U-16 and U-18 cat-
Jean Merry is the tournament direc-
tor, while Kevin Clarke will serve as
the tournament referee.
Chairman of Unity Sports Club
Unity Sports Club waiting on TTCB response
RBC Junior Tennis
tournament serves off
Stevon Stoute, right, of Cunupia FC collects the Central Football
Association's 2014 Player of the Year trophy from Lenox Fingal of CRIL,
when the CFA held its end-of-season awards ceremony at the Hugo Francis
Recreation Ground, Chaguanas on Sunday.
STOUTE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SQUASH AT WHITE OAKS
T&T junior squash players Jinan Al Rawi, left, Alexandria Yearwood, centre, and Marie Claire Barcant will
compete at the prestigious Canadian Junior Open Squash Championships at the White Oaks Inn in
Niagara, Ontario from today until Tuesday.
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