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Former president of the West Indies
Players Association (WIPA) Dinanath
Ramnarine has been described as hyp-
ocritical for his criticism of the T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB) of which he is an
ordinary board member.
In a strongly worded press release issued
by the TTCB yesterday, officials of the
board led by president Azim Bassarath
and executive member Manohar Ramsaran
took the former WIPA president to task.
In the release, Ramnarine has been
advised by Manohar Ramsaran, an exec-
utive TTCB member to do the honourable
thing and resign his position from the
sport s national body before going public
with his baseless comments.
This after Ramnarine, who was replaced
last year as WIPA president by Jamaican
Wavell Hinds, told a local daily newspaper
that he was confused by the TTCB s stance
on the recent removal of wicketkeeper
Denesh Ramdin as captain of the West
Indies Test team ahead of their tour of
Sri Lanka later this year.
Ramsaran said while Ramnarine is cast-
ing aspersions on the governance of the
TTCB, he is displaying the same unde-
sirable qualities he seeks to condemn.
"It is unethical and highly irresponsible
to be a member of an organisation and
run to the media and air your views when
there are processes within the organisation
to have your complaints and concerns
properly addressed," said Ramsaran.
However, the president of the Monroe
Road Cricket Club said it is not surprising
that the ex-leg spinner would choose to
go the route of sensationalism since he
depends mainly on "bluster and bluff
more than substance to press his case and
provoke reaction for imaginary and non-
Ramsaran, the caretaker chairman of
the Central Zone of the TTCB, said that
Ramnarine s desire to get into the media
spotlight is overshadowed by his poor
performance as WIPA president when
regional cricket was torn with industrial
strife and was held up ridicule all over the
"It was under his watch that regional
cricket was made a laughing stock and
while he advocated a militant approach
to resolving players issues, the fortunes
of the team hit rock bottom and is yet to
recover," said Ramsaran.
Also coming out in defence of the TTCB
was its president Azim Bassarath, who
easily defeated Ramnarine in a leadership
battle for the top position last year and
was the target of ex-cricketer s tirade in
the local media.
He said that while Ramnarine admitted
to being confused by the TTCB s position
on Ramdin s removal as regional captain,
most of T&T are similarly left collectively
scratching their heads at the lack of trans-
parency and accountability at WIPA during
the period 2003 and 2013.
"Ramnarine must tell the national com-
munity if there has been audited financial
reports during the decade when he was
WIPA president as the answer will indicate
the type of governance he presided over,
and general view held that he shows bla-
tant disregard for the established principles
of good governance," said Bassarath.
He said Ramnarine should be the last
person to question the governance of the
TTCB and referred him to the constitution
of the Comets Cricket Club, which he
now heads, saying that charity should
begin at home in Pierre Road, Charlieville.
"The constitution of Comets states that
to be eligible to stand for the office of
president, you must be a member for ten
years and serve two consecutive terms on
the executive which must surely qualify
as the most prohibitive and exclusive club
structure in the history of T&T sport if
not the entire world," said Bassarath.
Former West Indies opening batsman Philo
Wallace is saying that the recent decisions by the
West Indies selectors is a bit puzzling. The selec-
tors have removed three captains from T&T on
different West Indies teams. The first to feel the
hurt was One Day International (ODI) captain
Dwayne Bravo, who was removed as captain prior
to the World Cup and after the aborted tour of
India last October. The WICB said it was not a
case of Bravo being victimised after the aborted
series that has left them with a bill of US$41.97M.
Next was Denesh Ramdin who was replaced by
Barbadian Jason Holder as Test captain. Holder
was also chosen to replace Bravo as ODI captain.
Also falling by the wayside was women s captain
Merrisa Aguilleira who was sacked as leader although
she led her team to the series win against Sri Lanka
not too long ago.
Wallace speaking on the weekly talk show
CRICKET360 on WinTv said: "The actions of the
selectors in recommending the removal of the cap-
tains is a bit puzzling to me. I could understand
why the people in Trinidad would want to get some
answers from the president of the WICB, when
they host their town hall meeting last this month."
Holder, 23, was named as Ramdin s successor
for the two-Test series that gets underway in Galle
on October 14 after displaying impressive leadership
credentials at the World Cup in Australia and New
Zealand earlier this year.
The West Indies under Holder battled back from
an early defeat against Ireland to reach the quar-
terfinals, where they eventually lost to the finalists,
However, Wallace thinks it might be too soon
to burden Holder with leading the Test side.
"Jason has shown good leadership qualities so
far but I think to put him as Test captain at the
age of 23 is just not right. He has not led Barbados
in the PCL and to give him captaincy in the longer
format without the experience is too much at this
stage in my opinion.
"Jason has a tremendous amount to offer West
Indies cricket but we must be careful that we don t
push him too soon, which I think is what is hap-
pening here. When you look at the Barbados set
up, Kraigg Brathwaite is the captain of the team
in the PCL. Kraigg who was put as understudy to
Ramdin remains the vice-captain and this is also
puzzling to me. He is the captain of the Barbados
team in the longer format, Jason plays under him
and now he will play under Jason in the Test team.
"This puts the Barbados Cricket Association
(BCA) in a very interesting position and they will
now have to decide whether they continue with
Brathwaite as captain or remove him and put Hold-
"I thought that Ramdin suffered as a result of
not being T&T s captain in the PCL. You see I am
always one to believe that even captaincy needs
practicing and Ramdin should have been left as
captain of the T&T team and this would have
sharpened his skills for the bigger matches with
the West Indies."
Wallace also said that the West Indies is not
totally out of it in the upcoming series against Sri
Lanka, as consistent intelligent cricket can take
them over the hosts.
"The West Indies is not totally out of the upcom-
ing contest. The key is to keep it simple and the
end result would hinge on how well they play left
arm spinner (Rangana) Herath. This man bowls
out team by himself and we all know that our
players have shown great difficulty with good quality
slow bowling in the past."
LONDON -- Former batting star Brian Lara managed
just 16 but the Rest of the World XI went down to
Help for Heroes XI by four wickets in the Cricket for
Heroes Twenty20 charity match at the Oval, Thurs-
Set 158 for victory, Help for Heroes chased down
their target with three balls remaining, with former
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scoring with
an unbeaten 38 and striking the winning runs.
Former England captain Andrew Strauss, now the
Director of Cricket, stroked 26 off 17 balls -- an innings
that gathered 4 000 pounds sterling after a supporter
donated 1 000 pounds for every boundary the left-
Strauss also produced a stroke of brilliance when
he pulled off an excellent catch to dismiss the 46-
year-old Lara who had looked set for a big score.
However, it was former Sri Lanka stroke-maker
Mahela Jayawardene who staged the fireworks for Rest
of the World, top-scoring with a typically elegant 48.
The game raised 300 000 pounds sterling for the
Help for Heroes charity, which gives support to military
personnel injured in the line of duty.
Help for Heroes XI also comprised the likes of South
African Herchelle Gibbs, Graeme Swann and Virender
Sehwag while the Rest of the World XI also featured
stars like New Zealander Brendon McCullum, South
African Graeme Smith and Australian Matthew Hayden.
The boxing fraternity was plunged into sadness
on hearing the news that local boxer Nigel Cow
Edwards will no longer enter a boxing ring again.
The 36-year old Cow as he is affectionately called
was due to be involved in a light heavyweight Com-
monwealth Eliminator contest in England yesterday,
but doctors discovered a lesion on his head as well as
fresh scars on his brain. He has since been recommended
never to fight again.
Yesterday chairman of the T&T Boxing Board of
Control (TTBBC) Annabelle Davis said she was saddened
on hearing the news but it has prompted her to ensure
that local boxers are subjected to comprehensive medical
tests as was done on Edwards recently, before fights.
"Maybe they may not be able to do these tests before
every fight but certainly boxers should be subjected to
these tests every six
months," Davis said.
Edwards who last fought
two months ago against
countryman Kirt Sinnette
at Skinner Park, San Fer-
nando and won by technical
knockout (TKO), was con-
sidered a bright prospect for
T&T but lacked in-the-ring
action. He was forced to
accept a last minute contest
in England this week and
travelled with his match-maker Boxu Potts where he
got the dreaded news.
Davis said while the TTBBC administers tests on
boxers before and after bouts, they are not as com-
prehensive as those done in first world countries.
Yesterday Sinnette, who is now a boxing board mem-
ber explained that while he is saddened to have heard
about the latest development to Edwards, it was an
act of God that he didn t get a fight in T&T where no
one would have known of his medical condition. It is
understood that the fresh scars may have occurred
when he fought Sinnette.
Sinnette, who has called an end to his career with
a record of three loses and no draws in 25 bouts, said
that it was divine intervention that his shoulder went
out of place early in his last bout with Edwards at
Local boxer forced to
end boxing career
Cameo role for Lara
as charity match
Cricket officials slam
Central FC's Ataulla Guerra, right, pushes forward while Comunicaciones's Jorge
Aparicio gives chase in their Group D 2015/2016 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions
League encounter at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Thursday.
Central FC won 1-0. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
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