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Ikept my word in not
turning on the TV to
watch the WI-Eng-
land Test as a mark of
silent protest against
The re-election as
chairman of WICB the
incumbent from the
last session although
under his watch player
disaffection reached an
all-time low, so much
debacle in India and
the subsequent liability
of over $40 million to
the Indian board, not
forgetting of course his
distasteful treatment of
Gayle on his failure in
a particular innings in
indifference of island
boards to such unac-
choosing instead to re-
elect the incumbent
guilty of same.
The once iconic
WI Test captain, now
chairman of the selec-
such poor judgement
in eliminating players
like Bravo and Pollard
for the World Cup,
who in the shorter
form of the game, as
is now evident in IPL
2015, are the toast of
all India and the com-
peting stars there.
reliance on one Test
player who, from his
display on the field,
has depicted a non-
attitude to team effort
and to his fellow play-
run out---yet continu-
ing to do so with
We are not a proactive and innova-
I am sure that the WICB is going to
beg the BCCI to forgive us our debt as
the WICB has been asking the WI
cricket players to forgive them for all
its mistakes in not putting the neces-
sary player salary arrangements in
place before the tour to India.
The main question now is: How may
the WICB repay the BCCI almost
US$42 million in debt? This is a size-
able amount to pay. I wish to suggest
that a WICB Lotto be developed.
This will surely rake in the necessary
funds. It will be a first for the
Caribbean from my recollection. It can
help boost interest in WI cricket.
Probably, the meeting in Grenada by
the WICB and the Caricom Cricket
Committee can take this and other
suggestions into consideration.
I am sure that it will attract many
local, regional and international gam-
Iam of the firm opinion that a Com-
mission of Enquiry may not be neces-
sary to investigate what went wrong
on March 23. I think that the report
completed by ACP Edwards for the Na-
tional Security Council seems compre-
hensive enough from what was
While I humbly disagree with some
of the recommendations as they seem
too simplistic like apologies and
praises etc, the Commissioner of Police
should be charged with the responsi-
bility to develop an action plan as to
what he intends to do to avoid any
His plan should not be made public
but sent to the Police Service Commis-
sion, Ministry of National Security, Na-
tional Security Council and National
Operations Centre for their considera-
tion, discussion and approval.
The reason for not making this pub-
lic is that it should not expose too
many of the details of the inner work-
ings of the police service to the public.
Further, a Commission of Enquiry
will be counter-productive as too much
information will be in the hands of
criminals. And costly. So, we have to be
smart here, also.
Every morning I kindly ask the taxi
driver to drop me at the pedestrian
crossing on Tragarete Road (situated
just before Alfredo Street) so that I
can get to work safely.
I thought that was the safe and law
abiding thing to do but now I realise
that this was just a death wish.
I must be living in a fantasy world
because I thought that pressing the
button, waiting for the bell to go off
and the lights to turn red indicated
that it was safe to cross because driv-
ers would know that red means to
In reality, a red light means to go,
and to go really fast!
It is a regular thing that occurs at
that pedestrian crossing and I am ap-
pealing to the authorities to please
look into this before reality hits some-
When it comes to dreaming up
ways of getting rich on this is-
land by use of kickbacks, you can't beat
the ingenuity of our politicians. Some-
time ago the once action-man of the
PP suggested we build a tunnel
through the Maracas hills.
Then I heard there was mention of
building a tunnel under the sea to To-
bago by another bright spark.
Then we had the project of our un-
finished new highway to Point Fortin
costing an arm and a leg.
Now we have run out of earth on
which to build more roads the latest
suggestion is to build a road on sea
from Port-of-Spain to Chaguaramas.
I suspect this is so that those rich
property owners in Chaguaramas could
get to and from Port-of-Spain in a
hurry. What next, roads in the sky?
opening of the
STILL BOYCOTTING WI CRICKET
manipulation of the
itinerary for WI cricket
to exclude T&T by and
large, as part of the
taken as a result of
exclusion of the
world s best batsman
in Brian Lara in shap-
ing the future of WI
cricket either as coach
or on the selection
I view all this
against a background
of the IPL, which for
me, is the ultimate
with all the finer
human emotions of
hope, despair and
with fairness in the
administration of the
game and a cama-
raderie between players
of all races and coun-
tries which a game
should be about. Not
to mention, of course,
the huge successes of
all the WI players
involved: Russel, Gayle,
Lendl, Bravo, Sunil
who with supreme
irony, are regarded as
WI stars, indeed icons,
in India, but when at
home in the WI they
were treated with such
And speaking of the
IPL and the supreme
cricketing experience it
is, does it have to be
spoilt by the often
untimely and typically
boisterous local ads
which interrupt the
flow of the game? Ads
are necessary, we
know, but do they
have to be foisted at
the viewer with such
indiscretion? So here
again I will indulge in
silent protest by refus-
ing to purchase the
products so advertised
which have interfered
with my enjoyment of
I have included the
issue of the intrusive
ads here because it is
on the same continu-
um with the poor
judgement exercised by
the administrators of
WI cricket, as if it is
the kind of behaviour
to expect from us as
Third World peoples.
But I refuse to believe
Mine, however, is
only one l voice, but it
can be small echo
pointing to a sympho-
ny of good taste and
sound rational thought
for us as a people for
Dr Errol Benjamin
OSCAR B ENTERTAINS Use Lotto to repay WICB debt to BCCI
Action plan needed by police commissioner
Risking life at pedestrian crossing
What next, roads in the sky?
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