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The New Year has brought noth-
ing new to the table regarding an
improved way for West Indies crick-
et.The transition between 2015 and
2016 has been smooth, but absolutely
unproductive, despite an excellent
article by Dr. Rudi Webster, the one-
time manager of the West Indies
But then, looking back closely at
the dialogue between the two stake-
holders, the problem may well be
very difficult to determine the way
In the first place, there is nothing
in the constitution of the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) which has
invited some loophole for a legitimate
closedown of the board, hence the
reason why president of the WICB
Dave Cameron and his group are
responding in blunt language to the
document which was prepared by
the CARICOM leaders.
Anyone in the Caribbean who has
taken the game seriously and recog-
nized the downward decline in quality
and administration of the game, will
surely understand why the opinion
of the CARICOM members is a
reflection of their concern for the
feeling of their citizens.
However, the board does not con-
sider the idea that CARICOM can
give instructions to their committee.
Nothing in their rules and regulations
indicate this authority has been given
to anybody. So before we allow these
two august bodies to lose respect for
each other and turn this parlous state
of cricket into a form of no repair,
maybe the attention should be placed
squarely towards the member boards
of each country who should com-
municate with their respective gov-
ernments or vice versa. Hopefully
good sense will prevail and through
dialogue at that level, new ideas can
be brought to the table.
Apparently, we have not reached
the level of maturity where heads can
get together for reparatory process.
Of course, the board does not take
into consideration that in the absence
of no direct statement in their con-
stitution, the government of the
country can create one for the good
of the citizens.
While these issues are getting
worse each day, the game at all levels
is appearing to be far away from what
has transpired over the past four
decades. I often wonder if the current
sponsors of the WICB will wish to
throw their funding into this quag-
mire, knowing fully well that the
imagery for which they are searching
is heading in the same direction as
the state of our cricket.
Even some of our players are arbi-
trarily displaying various forms of ill-
discipline on and off the field, our
administrators are talking out of turn,
some even advising that the Inter-
national Cricket Council (ICC) should
be called in to provide a result to the
Strangely, our chairman of the
selectors, Clive Lloyd is a product of
the ICC and he was brought in, hope-
fully to bring some intelligence (com-
pliments ICC) to the WICB.
Unfortunately, the proposal did not
work and Lloyd has been in the mid-
dle of almost all the incidents which
started in India and has rolled into
this current tour to Australia.
With the players, it is all about
money, the more the merrier and
their concern for the development
of West Indies cricket is not of impor-
tance to them.
This is why I strongly recommend
that the WICB be turned into a lim-
ited liability company where the
financial conglomerates can invest
large sums of money through the
purchase of shares.
This will form new ownership who
will employ qualified personnel with
the desire to be financially productive
and also with a thirst for returning
the quality of our cricket to what it
was many moons ago.
Just a suggestion! I am not a busi-
nessman, but my experience on and
off the field, accompanied with hours
of classroom information, tells me
that this may be one way to go.
As to the board they still have the
authority of working in conjunction
with the regional boards in almost
the same developmental way, but
with more manageable ideas and
implementation coming from the
2009 Humming Bird
The WICB, The Caricom leaders, and the solution
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron, left, and Dr Ralph Gonzales, Prime Minister of St
Vincent & The Grenadines, a member of the CARICOM Ministerial Committee for cricket.
President of the T&T Cricket
Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath has
welcomed the appointment of for-
mer national cricketer Zaheer Ali
as a nominated member of the
Ali is a police officer who heads
the Zaheer Ali Foundation, and
replaces Pirtie Ramnarinesingh, the
Valiants Cricket Club
manager/owner who passed away
suddenly last month.
Bassarath said that Ali brings a
wealth of experience as a former
national cricketer and public servant
whose unique perspective will add
to the deliberations of the board as
the game continues its transition
into the future.
"Zaheer has been making a valu-
able input in local cricket especially
in the development of the young
players through his foundation
which has been playing an integral
part in conducting motivational and
psycho-analytical sessions with the
Under-19 NGC/TTCB Academy,"
"With this appointment, the
TTCB has reinforced its confidence
in his ability to add value to the
local cricket product in shaping the
hearts and minds of the present and
future generation of players," said
A left-handed batsman in his
heyday, Ali represented T&T at the
regional level after showing great
promise as an Under-19 player who
was picked by the West Indies and
participated in the 2000 ICC World
Cup in Sri Lanka.
After retiring from First Class
cricket, Ali set up The Zaheer Ali
Foundation (ZAF) in 2013, an organ-
isation comprised of professionals
from various professional fields (law
enforcement, medicine, legal, sports,
psychology) and uses workshops,
seminars, motivational talks and
mentoring to assist in addressing
the problem of youth delinquence.
And in an immediate reaction to
his appointment, Ali said he was
honoured and privileged to be given
the opportunity to serve.
"I embrace this opportunity espe-
cially in light of the recent calls for
immediate action to be taken for
the accelerated development of the
sport both nationally and regionally.
I am confident that I can add value
to the administration of cricket
based on my knowledge and expe-
rience both on and off the field,"
he said in a statement.
Ali expressed his appreciation to
the TTCB stating he is encouraged
by the decision taken by the exec-
utive of the national cricket organ-
isation. "It demonstrates and signals
their intention to invest in the youth
and to broaden the wealth of the
human resource capacity in the best
interest of the sport."
He thanked his parents and all
those who have supported the
Zaheer Ali Foundation over the years
in shaping and moulding the at-
risk youngsters of the nation.
He called on the entire cricketing
fraternity to exercise patience and
persevere with his fellow adminis-
trators in the best interest of the
"It is my intention to listen to all
the stakeholders in order to get as
far as practicable the best fit for the
development and continued devel-
opment of cricket in all aspects.
I say to my younger brothers and
sisters who are involved in the sport
and those motivated to join that
everyone will get an equal and fair
opportunity to realize their poten-
tial," he said.
Ali said he intends to have dia-
logue with his TTCB colleagues to
get a better appreciation of their
plans for moving cricket forward
and plans to hold discussions in the
coming months through workshops
and seminars for zones, clubs, pri-
mary and secondary schools rep-
resentatives, parents, sponsors, the
media and other stakeholders.
Bassarath appoints Ali to TTCB
Zaheer Ali, centre, along with T&T Cricket Board president Azim Bassarath, left, and T&T cricket manager Roland
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