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In a day and age where our players mental capacity
for a fight is being questioned, I am forced to believe
that we are missing a top class manager like Omar
The former West Indies manager was cast by the
wayside two seasons ago and I get the feeling it had
more to do with off the field issues rather than on it.
Men close to the situation tell me that he was removed
for political reasons.
I was cautious about
penning my thoughts at
the time because I wanted
to be fair to his replace-
ment, the former Minister
of Sport Manohar Ram-
saran. Now that Mano
who had an up and down
session has called time on
his career as manager, I
thought that the board
would have gone back to
Khan realising their mistake from earlier on.
However, they went for the former T&T Under-19
manager in Roland Sampath. I think that Khan s name
would have come up around the discussion table in
Couva but egos would have held sway. I think that
many men on the executive of the T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB) know of Khan s pedigree as a manager; however
going back to him would have made them look as if
they did not know what they were doing in the first
I like the president of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath
who in my opinion is a very good administrator, but
sometimes he needs to take the bull by the horns and
run the board as he sees fit, even if his decisions are
unpopular with his peers. He has a good head on his
shoulders and has remained popular with the people
even into his third term.
He needs to understand that you don t allow a team
to suffer just because men did not want to correct a
wrong. Everyone can t be wrong! Every player I have
spoken to concerning this situation, was against the
removal of Khan as manager.
I was told by a member of the board that Khan was
too player friendly. Well, he got the players to perform
and at the end of the day that is what matters most.
We are living in times where the proverbial big whip
cannot be used anymore. When dealing with young
people these days we need to have dialogue. We cannot
speak down to them, we cannot force them to do
what we want them to do. We need to sit them down
and reason with them, find out if they are having dif-
ficulties with something and approach it from that
angle in order to get the best out of them.
I look at the tremendous level organisation Khan
has brought to the Guyana Amazon Warriors, which
he manages in the Caribbean Premier League. I have
been to Guyana covering the cricket and I have noticed
the level of respect shown to the man. The Amazon
Warriors is a force to be reckoned with in T20 cricket,
having finished runners-up in the first two editions
of the tournament. They may even claim that they
should have been awarded the title in St Kitts last
year ahead of the Barbados Tridents.
The Amazon Warriors team is a very tough one
mentally and this came along due to extensive work
done by the management of the team in classroom
sessions headed by Khan.
His level of organisation is second to none and he
has gotten players to give off their best. Even his stint
as manager of the West Indies senior cricket team,
was a successful one during a period where the team
was generally not doing well.
He then managed the West Indies Under-19 team
because of his capable management techniques. A
team that was expected to come home early from the
2010 Youth World Cup in New Zealand, just lost out
in the semis.
Some might say that I have written this column
because of my close ties with Khan (we both host the
sports show CRICKET360). Well, while you are thinking
that, think about how long it took me to write this
article after he was ousted. I think that because of my
close association with him, I am in the best position
to write about the man s qualities as a manager. Let s
hope that the TTCB can correct this wrong but then
again the horse has probably already bolted.
Omar Khan (right) doing commentary as part of the CRICKET360 Network with
Roger Sant at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) last Friday.
Khan the man to
manage Red Force
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