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I have been around West Indies
cricket long enough to understand that
there are too many square pegs in
round holes. However, this can still
work to an extent but administrators
have to understand that honesty in
the best way forward for West Indies
cricket right now.
Some people must be honest enough
to understand that some assignments
are out of their league and they need
to seek assistance or allow others to
There is a saying that power corrupts
and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Sometimes we come across people who
we think are hard workers and very
honest people and when we bestow
power unto them, they are a different
All we can do is hope for the best
but we can help by making sure that
the right people or at least the closest
to it, are in the driver s position.
People have to understand that not
everyone who touts themselves as a
good leader is one. Sometimes we have
some very quiet and seemingly unas-
suming people taking leadership posi-
tions and being successful.
As an example let me speak a little
bit about the president of the T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath.
This very humble man, with humble
upbringing has taken leadership of the
TTCB and it is definitely the best run
cricket board in the Caribbean. I have
been around the Caribbean covering
cricket and I have looked at the way
matches are administered and let me
tell you, the TTCB is way ahead in this
Bassarath came into office without
any fanfare and defeated Deryck Murray,
who in my mind, was not a bad pres-
ident at all.
He then easily took care of the former
West Indies Players Association (Wipa)
president Dinanath Ramnarine who
posed a challenge to him. After he
defeated a second former West Indies
player for the top post, I started to look
closely at this man to find out what he
was all about.
In the lead up to him defeating Mur-
ray, the former wicketkeeper/batsman
lost gracefully and accepted the fact
that there was something Bassarath
could have brought at that point in time.
In the lead up to the second elections,
Ramnarine was boasting all over the
place that he would win, Bassarath
stayed calm and easily defeated him.
He then ran for the second vice-pres-
ident post and also lost and he did, this
time to Dr Allen Sammy but not because
Sammy was better than him but because
the influence of Bassarath winning the
It told to me that Bassarath won
because he was doing the job from the
grassroots level. Never one to create or
call attention to himself, he moves with
the people and has brought life into
many areas where the sport was dying
He remained rooted in his honest
belief that cricket came first and it is
no shock to me that he is at the helm
of the TTCB yet again. What Bassarath
has realised is that honesty is the best
policy in dealing with leadership.
He has many people around him who
were opposed to him and are now fierce
My guess is that these people have
seen what I have seen in the man. He
is in cricket for cricket and once you
do things with good intentions, good
things will always follow you.
I am happy to hear that the new Min-
ister of Sport, Brent Sancho, has seen
the good work of the TTCB and for all
their troubles under the previous min-
ister, the board can now plan and exe-
cute a number of development pro-
grammes, which over the past few years
they have shared with other cricket
boards across the region.
When you speak to administrators
from other territorial boards, they always
have a good view of the cricket admin-
istration in T&T and one must under-
stand that this is no mean feat to achieve
in West Indian society.
Bassarath has shown that cricket and
people must feature prominently instead
of self and this has paid dividends for
Bassarath came into office without any fanfare and defeated Deryck
Murray, who in my mind, was not a bad president at all. He then easily
took care of the former West Indies Players Association (WIPA)
Dinanath Ramnarine who posed a challenge to him. After defeating a
second former West Indies player for the top post, I started to look
closely at this man to find out what he was all about.
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