Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 21st 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 21, 2015
Former General Secretary of the T&T Foot-
ball Association Sheldon Phillips is clearing
the air that he was the reason for most of
the mis-steps within the embattled football
Phillips sent a trend of emails among him-
self, president Raymond Tim Kee and Office
Administrator Delyse Joseph, in an attempt
to refute alleged claims by the president on
his campaign trail, that he did not know any-
thing about a FLOW deal with the football
The Flow deal is expected to ensure that
all the Soca Warriors matches will be televised
on the Flow channel 99 on the Cable Network.
The Guardian understands that attempts are
also being made to extend the coverage deal
to include matches of the final stage of the
World Cup Qualifiers.
The cash-strapped football association
stands to pocket some TT$40,000 for each
match that coach Stephen Hart and his men
will play for the qualifiers. But Phillips is
annoyed that he is being used as a scapegoat
for a number of blunders made by the T&TFA.
He is saying that Tim Kee is attempting to
make him look as though he (Phillips) did
things on his own, without informing the
According to Phillips in his email, FLOW
had to rescue the football association by paying
a whopping $168,000 for hotel stay for the
T&T team when they were in Panama for the
International Friendly match. He explained
that FLOW agreed to a goodwill gesture to
pay the cash for the team since the football
federation did not have the finances to cover
The payment ($168,000) represented an
advance for the deal between the parties which
was then, ahead of the qualifiers. Phillips is
claiming that the local football boss knew
about the FLOW deal since the agreement
was followed by proof of communication via
emails with him (Tim Kee) and the office
administrator concerning invoices that were
necessary for FLOW to make payment to the
hotel in Panama.
In fact Phillips made it clear that he did not
signed any deal on behalf of the football asso-
ciation with FLOW. He is threatening that if
Tim Kee continues to present incorrect infor-
mation that will impact his professional and
personal reputation, he will have no choice
but to respond with facts and evidence to pro-
tect his name and the name of the T&TFA.
Phillips has been the centre of an admin-
istrative bungle in which he was sacked by
Tim Kee on October 20 for his failure to follow
directives regarding the operations of the
T&TFA. However the executive committee
met on the matter and it was agreed that the
president acted outside of the constitution in
dismissing the general secretary.
Tim Kee has since been ordered to remove
the termination letter handed to Phillips and
replace it with a letter of suspension until the
board of directors of the football association
meet again to discuss other reasons Tim Kee
gave for the dismissal of the general secretary.
Manager of Queen s Park Cricket Club, Jef-
frey Guillen says that the West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) will not accede to the demands
of CARICOM, as they are hiding behind the
International Cricket Council s (ICC) stand
of no government interference.
CARICOM, appointed set up to deal with
the governance of the WICB, has recommended
that the board be dissolved. According to Guillen
this will not happen. "I will be very surprised
if Cameron and his Board accedes to Caricom s
demands, his lack of urgency in convening a
meeting with his fellow directors and his recent
comments in Bridgetown suggest that he will
continue what he does best, that is to say,
duck and weave and hide behind the motto of
no government interference etc and not act in
the best interest of West Indies cricket.
"He of all people should know that his time
is up and that the shareholders of WI cricket
and Caricom no longer support him. He and
his Board, having lost the confidence of the
fans and the Regional Governments, should
do what is honorable and in the interest of all
concerned, resign forthwith.
"I hope and trust that Caricom, under the
leadership of PM Keith Mitchell, stands firm
and play their cards as I know their can. I trust
that when concluded they develop a first class
governance structure and invest monies as a
region in the development of West Indies Cricket
and not just provide lip service. We are a most
talented region but lack good governance in
most of our sports, which in turn is reflected
in the lack of results and lack of sponsorship
from our corporate entities. Lets remember the
good days in WI cricket and the pride and joy
we shared as a region and work together towards
its restoration,we are crying out Cameron and
company, time to go."
Guillen who has been very successful as
manager of the Parkites said that the territorial
boards are also weak and change must also
occur there as well.
"The time is long overdue for a new corporate
government structure to take us forward towards
restoring our good name in the cricket world
and to implement first class development pro-
grams from the bottom up so that we can once
again attain our prominence in world cricket.
"The current members of the Territorial
Boards comprise the majority of the WICB,
and having failed miserably to develop all aspects
of the game within their territories can not be
expected to continue as is and produce a dif-
ferent result at the top.
"It is high time that the majority of our cur-
rent administrators take a serious look in the
mirror and ask themselves some serious ques-
tions, because the evidence is overwhelming
in terms of their abject failure in every depart-
ment," he said.
The 41 fans that showed up at the Queen s
Park Oval to witness the opening day of the
third round PCL four-day clash between the
T&T Red Force and Jamaica Scorpions were
left wondering whether they could have spent
their Friday doing something better.
It was a day of dull cricket, made even worse
by an irritating drizzle that washed out the
middle session. Sandwiching the water, was
poor batting by the home team, who dribbled
to 145/5, by the end of the day s play. The
man standing between both teams was Jeremy
Solozano with an unbeaten 69.
Red Force coming into this clash in third
position on the six-team table, won the toss
under new skipper Yannick Ottley, who decid-
ed to take first strike.
He must have been upset with his brother
Kjorn, who was the first to head back into the
pavilion, shouldering arms to leave his stumps
to mercy of Jason Dawes.
That dismissal set the tone for the day as
wickets came at a cheap price. The man who
valued his the most was the solid left-handed
opening batsman Solozano. He assessed the
pitch well and played well within his limita-
tions, while the others made the medium pace
of Dave Bernard look more than threatening.
Bajan import Kyle Mayers again got into
stride but was cut down for 30. The next man
to follow him was vice-captain Narsingh
Deonarine who feathered one to wicketkeeper
Chadwick Walton for three. Bernard would
also add Yannic Carriah in similar fashion and
lunch was taken at 69 for four.
As the players left the field to refresh them-
selves, the Oval outfield was not to be left, as
the rain started to come down. For the most
part it was a drizzle that kept them off the
park until 3.30 pm.
On the resumption, it was the same story,
with wickets falling on the open end and
Solozano locking up the other.
Skipper Ottley added 42 runs for the fifth
wicket with the Southpaw but left leg before
for 18, with the score at 104 for five.
The inform Steven Katwaroo was in next
and stayed with Solozano to the end - adding
an unbroken 41 runs for the sixth wicket. They
withstood everything that was sent to them
for 64 minutes until the umpires called play
due to bad light. Solozano was unbeaten on
69 off 170 balls in 252 minutes batting. He
struck six fours during his critical knock. Kat-
waroo was unbeaten on 13.
Play on the second day starts at 9.30am
this morning, with the hope of making up
some of the 33 overs lost to the rain yesterday.
Phillips clears the air on FLOW deal
...Football directors order suspension for secretary
Dull day of cricket at the Oval
Guillen: WICB hiding behind ICC
T&T Red Force
vs Jamaica Scorpions
Red Force 1st inns
K Ottley b Dawes
J Solozano not out
K Hope c Walton b Bernard 30
N Deonarine c Walton b Bernard 3
Y Carriah c Walton b Bernard 2
Y Ottley lbw Mindley
S Katwaroo not out
Extras 2lb, 7nb
Total for 5 wkts
Fall of wkts: 1, 39, 48, 62, 104.
Bowling: M Mindley 12-3-26-1, J
Dawes 9-1-43-1, D Bernard 14-2-25-3,
N Miller 19-5-43-0, D Jacobs 3-1-6-0.
left, is impeded
the South Zone
Intercol final at
the contest 3-2.
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