Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 27th 2016 Contents Congratulations to T&T Red
Force on successfully defending
their Regional Super50 Overs title.
Victory over a strong Barbados
Pride in the final would have been
pleasing, since this team initially
included a number of young play-
ers, which, in the final three match-
es was bolstered by the presence
of Darren Bravo and wicketkeep-
er/batsman Denesh Ramdin.
The Barbadians went into the final
having defeated T&T in the last
Group match, at the same venue
where they won the 2014 final. They
boasted seven West Indian players
---Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich, Shai
Hope, Joel Warrican, Kraigg Braith-
waite, Carlos Braithwaite and
Dwayne Smith, and many antici-
pated a thrilling combat.
It never materialised.
The crowd was disappointing due
to the scheduling and timing of the
series, since we are in the midst of
a very short Carnival season. The
fact it was played on Saturday and
not Sunday would have also con-
tributed to the small turn out of
It is obvious that the current West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB) lacks
thought and marketing skills to
counter such situations.
Sponsors want value for money,
and this certainly was not the case
for the sponsors who must enquire
from the WICB and the T&T Cricket
Board (TTCBC) why the place was
At least Nagico was able to pro-
mote its staff through their involve-
ment in the presentation of the
awards. It may have been the only
saving grace for the WICB and the
This tournament is a good idea.
But as advertisement for West Indies
cricket, it is no good, given the poor
attendance and the fact that many
people were not even aware of the
series. Many queried the pricing of
tickets. If we judge by this, it would
seem that Nagico picked up the bill
for the entire tournament so there
was no need for the WICB and
TTCB to be concerned about gate
This speaks volumes for the lack
of skill at both the WICB and TTCB
that better usage was not made of
social media to enhance the event,
but it also reveals a tale of outdated
personnel who may not have the
technology awareness and adaptation
to promote what they do, which is
most unfortunate in this 21st cen-
As host, the TTCB cannot absolve
itself and must look internally at
who were involved in the planning
and examine what could have been
done better. There are a number of
skilled event management personnel
in this country, who can be con-
tracted to ensure professionalism at
a tournament like this one.
Even the media booths were sparse
because of the lack of interest and
despite the fact that T&T lost only
As to the local players, there was
a lot of promise on display such as
Akeal Hosein, Jon Russ Jaggesar, Evin
Lewis, Kjorn Ottley and Marlon
Richards. I hope the TTCBC can
ensure that these youngsters are
given the exposure and encourage-
ment needed to develop. Credit must
also be given to Kyle Hope (Barbados)
and Narsingh Deonarine (Guyana),
for their respective performances.
There is no doubt that the influ-
ence of Augustine "Gus" Logie,
Kelvin Williams and the rest of the
coaching team and staff, were key.
Logie is a man who has had tremen-
dous success wherever he went, and
if there is one good thing the current
executive of the TTCB has done, it
is to retain him. Logie has a clear
vision and should be supported.
Williams has a lot of knowledge and
experience and enjoys a great rela-
tionship with the players.
Sadly, I understand there was
some envy within the offices of the
TTCBC, particularly from former
players who are envious of the cur-
rent players, particularly those
involved in the international T20
competitions around the world.
I can only hope that the executive
of the TTCB is addressing this.
Given the performances of the
West Indies team in Australia, many
are becoming disillusioned by all
that is happening, and if tourna-
ments like these continue to be
under-valued, there will similarly be
further reduction in interest.
Unfortunately, it seems that nei-
ther the WICB nor the TTCBC care.
After all, their respective officials
still travel the Caribbean and the
World on cricket business using the
funds of the people of the region
and ignoring Caricom as if they were
just pesky flies, irritating them.
The region s cricket is in a parlous
state and while reinvention appears
to be the only way forward, it is left
to be seen if that can really mate-
rialise in the current environment.
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Nagico final fails to lift Windies cricket
Given the performances of the West Indies team
in Australia, many are becoming disillusioned by
all that is happening, and if tournaments like
these continue to be under-valued, there will
similarly be further reduction in interest.
Unfortunately, it seems that neither the WICB
nor the TTCBC care.
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