Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 26th 2015 Contents different West Indian teams. Dwayne Bravo who was
captain of the ODI team on the ill-fated India tour
was removed firstly. He was then followed by Denesh
Ramdin from the Test team and then Merissa Aguilliera
from the women s team.
There was a meeting to discuss the removal of
Ramdin from the Test captaincy and I thought that
the TTCB should have pushed harder for answers from
the WICB. Ramdin was called to a meeting to discuss
the Sri Lankan tour and to give his input to the future
of the Test side and two weeks after he was removed
At the meeting to discuss his removal, the TTCB
should have been strong in their condemnation. Bas-
sarath it is understood could not take part in the dis-
cussions due to other pressing comments. I must
strongly condemn this because as president he must
have known that Ramdin s issue would be discussed.
The WICB would---or should have--- sent out the agen-
da to be discussed and Ramdin s issue would have
been on it.
The other TTCB director Baldath Mahabir, knowing
that the issue would be discussed, should have taken
a directive from the president and the executive of the
TTCB and represent well.
This is the second time that the TTCB has backed
away from a critical issue at the WICB (the first being
the regional T20 being sold to Verus International).
The TTCB, given the prowess of the Red Force, stood
the lose the most from the tournament going private.
I know that the other directors would have supported
the idea of the privatization because they stood to lose
the least. In the five editions of the Champions League
the T&T Red Force attended four and this would have
raked in about US$2M for the TTCB, which they would
have ploughed into development of national cricketers
and clubs. Going private would have starved the TTCB
of prospective funds.
Although it was never going to be a case of winning
that battle, I thought that the TTCB should have made
then-president Hunte make public the arrangement
he and his board were going to enter into. A signed
deal of 25 years with an option to renew to 50 would
have led to very strong opposition by cricket stake-
holders in the Caribbean. The TTCB stayed quiet and
did not make it public. The directors at the time
Mahabir and Dr. Allen Sammy should have made
strong objections to what was being done and threaten
to go public with information, in a bid to make these
guys re-think their move.
History would show that they did not, and basically
what they did was set a trend which we are now seeing
continued. There has been some noise coming from
certain quarters saying that T&T s cricket and cricketers
are being marginalised. The TTCB has to come out
strong here and make a serious statement if this is
the case, in order to gain back the respect that they
T&T is a major stakeholder in regional cricket and
the staging of last s night town hall meeting was also
one which led to a dispute between the TTCB and
the WICB. The meeting comes to T&T last, while
every other territory in the region had their s already.
It is quite odd in my view that the Leeward Islands
had two town hall meetings, one in Dominica and
another in Antigua before a solitary one could have
taken place in T&T.
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It is clear that there is a battle that is rag-
ing between the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB)
and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
and this seems to have come about after
the aborted tour of India last October.
So much so, that at the WICB s last annual
general meeting, the TTCB did not support
Dave Cameron s bid for a second term at the
helm. They went for the former West Indies
fast bowler and Barbados Cricket Association
(BCA) president Joel Garner. The TTCB s Bal-
dath Mahabir also threw his hat in the ring
and went up unsuccessfully against Emmanual
Nanton for the
post of vice-pres-
At the time my
some officials at
the TTCB led me
to believe that they
were less than
Cameron s han-
dling of the India situation and decided that
he must not retain the top post.
Initially it was the TTCB that supported
Cameron in his bid to unseat the long serving
Dr Julien Hunte. I
nformation received indicates that TTCB
president Azim Bassarath was the one who
encouraged Cameron to go for the presidency
and the TTCB voted for him.
Things turned sour after the India tour,
and now the public has been making calls to
the TTCB to find out what is going on with
players from Trinidad and Tobago. In the
space of eight months, three nationals have
been removed from captaincy positions on
Better effort needed from TTCB
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