Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 4th 2015 Contents The board s development pro-
grammes, clinics, training courses
and incentives are all being flaw-
lessly executed despite the fact the
officials have been hard-pressed to
make-do because of a lack of state
support over the years.
Despite this the national team
continues to perform well with our
cricketers dominating the regional
teams and gaining lucrative playing
contracts overseas while at the
grassroots level more and more
youngsters are getting involved in
Indeed football and cricket
administration are like chalk and
cheese. While football has for
decades been mired in bacchanal
despite getting millions of taxpay-
ers funds, cricket has been in
comparison, squeaky clean, accord-
ing to the Minister of Sport.
I also believe that the case for
change has been seriously damaged
by the personalities leading the
campaign as they bring a lot of
baggage to the debate with several
questions being asked and no
answers provided to clear their
The club representatives who
voted against the resolutions last
Sunday must be complimented for
exercising their right according to
their conscience and the results
must be respected by all.
They would have been appraised
on all aspects of the matter facing
them and made their decision in a
democratic and open vote without
fear or favour.
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Please allow me the opportunity to add my
two cents worth on the current debate
concerning calls for amendments to be
made to the constitution of the T&T Cricket
Board, emanating from one particular quarter.
What is of serious concern to me is that we
have been hearing only about making changes to
enable people challenging the incumbents an
easier way to gain top positions on the board.
What the public is not being told are the rea-
sons the proposed changes are necessary. What
is currently wrong with local cricket administra-
tion? This we have not been told by those advo-
If my memory serves me right, the Minister of
Sport, Darryl Smith recently was reported in the
local newspapers as saying that he and his min-
istry are of the view that cricket is the best
administrated in the country among the scores
of national sports organisations.
This is something cricket fans are well aware
of as the sport continues to grow and develop
by leaps and bounds and evidence of this can be
seen on the playing fields here at home, around
the region and on the international stage.
TTCB, aspiring or
conspiring for office?
Having read in the newspaper of the National League
Representatives (NLR) not being able to get the TTCB
to accept their recommendations with regards to 1) one
club, one vote system and 2) term limits for the presi-
dent of the TTCB, I thought it would be a good idea to
share some information from the Constitution of the
TTCB which is on their website.
Article 2---Objects, item 2.06 states "To improve the
governance capability of the Board."
This would suggest to me that wherever there are
deficiencies in managing the cricketing affairs, the
Board would welcome meaningful changes once they
are equitable and just.
With regards to the voting members of the Board
the number is 49, made up as follows:
1. Executive officers---six: president, three vice presi-
dents, general secretary and treasurer.
2. Zonal representatives---21; three from each from
the seven zonal councils elected for a three-year term.
3. Affiliate representatives---ten: two from each of
the following, duly elected Primary Schools Cricket
League; Secondary Schools Cricket League; Tobago
Cricket Association; TTC Umpires and Scorers Council;
T&T Women's Cricket Association.
4. National League representatives---Six elected for a
5. Nominated members---six. Nominated by the exec-
utive of the Board at the first meeting of the executive
after the AGM at which elections are held and shall hold
office until they are replaced.
The issue that I believe the National League repre-
sentatives are trying to correct is where the executive
officers and nominated members, who do not represent
any of the cricketing councils, are allowed to vote at the
election of officers for a new term.
The Constitution allows the executive officers (six
votes) the nominated members (six votes), and to be
eligible for re-election and to vote at the election.
Therefore, the executive officers and nominated
members can hold on to office by only having to secure
13 votes of the 37 votes remaining. If there is anyone
opposing they have to secure 25 of the 37 votes.
It is important to note that the nominated members
do not represent any cricketing body in T&T and after
the initial election, the executive officers also do not
represent any cricketing body in T&T.
This clearly cannot be right and if it is enshrined in
the Constitution of the TTCB they have a responsibility
to pass the necessary resolutions to ensure a just and
equitable constitution whereby the cricketing fraternity
and not individuals are the beneficiary of the Board's
fruits. Not because they did not create it means that
they cannot fix it.
'Each should be
convinced in his mind'
Just to add my two cents' worth on the issue of eat-
ing pork/ham. Actually I was urged to write this letter
after reading Imaam Iqbal Hydal piece on why not to eat
pork/ham. It would seem that once we want to prove a
point we become very selective in our quotations. On a
personal note, if I can stomach it I eat it. I look for no
Marks 7:15-20: "There is nothing outside a person
that by going into him can defile him...since it enters not
his heart but his stomach and is expelled. What comes
out of a person is what defiles him."
Romans 14: 1-23: "As for the one who is weak in faith,
welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One per-
son believes he may eat anything, while the weak per-
son eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats
despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who
abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God
has welcomed him... Each one should be fully convinced
in his own mind."
1 Timothy 4: 2-5: "Who forbid marriage and require
abstinence from foods that God created to be received
with thanksgiving...for everything created by God is
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