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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 15, 2016
It seems the tide is turning in local
cricket, it may be too early to call but
events of the past week have definitely
made members of the fraternity start to
On Tuesday night, there were the four
major elections - the National League
Club representatives and three zonal (Cen-
tral, East and North East) - which saw
the Azim Bassarath-led Movement for
Change take a hit in each from the
Dinanath Ramnarine/Daren Ganga-led
The top six candidates in each election
are counted as the winners as the build-
up to the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB)
elections which is set for October 29,
Continuing in the same frame as the
Ramnarine/Ganga s slate has dominated
the National League as well.
Anil Kamal, who has quickly become
the gift to either side as he entered the
elections on both slates, got the most
votes, 67, ahead of Kamal Basdeo and
Ganga, who received 45 votes each, Ram-
narine (43 votes), Samuel Badree (41) and
Clint Pamphille (41).The other three rep-
resentatives are in support of the Ram-
narine/Ganga slate that will be going up
for TTCB elections against the incumbent
administration led by president Bassarath.
The remaining votes went to Movement
for Change s Omar Khan (31) and Kala-
parsad Sanasie (31), Kishore Ramnarine
(30), Anthony Boody (27) and Rajindra
There were also landslide victories for
the opposition in the Central, East and
North-East zones elections.
In the Central Zone, the opposition
dominated with all six representatives,
five of the six received 26 votes - Ander-
son Ramdath, Hadeed Ali, Navin Chatoor,
Raymond Latchman and Ramnarine while
their comrade Keith Joseph got 25.
In the North East, Ramnarine/Ganga
had four successful candidates, Preston
Sam (18), Ravi Motilal (16), Erica Bap-
tioste-Kissoon (17) and Lutchman Lochan
(14) in the North East elections compared
to Bassarath s two, Arjoon Ramlal (19)
and John Lewis (17).
In the East Zone it was also a clean
sweep for Ramnarine/Ganga slate with
Kelvin Arneaud (18), Kirt Francis (18),
Aslim Mandol (18), Sharaz Mohammed
(18) and Brenda Solozano (18).
The six South Zone representatives
elected on Monday are Chaitram Ramjits-
ingh (30), Carl Birjah (30), Elvis Ramdeo
(31), Stephen Ramkissoon (30), Sunil Singh
(25) and Richmond Ramtahal (26).
Last week in the North Zone elections,
Winston Sobers (22 votes), Mahabir
Ragoonanan (22), Kassandra Constantine
(21), Andrew Hirst (20), Stephen Samuel
(18) and Anthony Durrant (17) were elect-
ed. It is understood that the six are in
support of the Ramnarine/Ganga slate.
Last Wednesday the opposition team
also won the North Zone.
Sprinter Nyoshia Cain was yesterday
evening disqualified in the women s 200
metres T44 heat, her first event at the
Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Cain lined up in lane seven of the open-
ing of two heats at the Olympic Stadium
and ran a comfortable race expecting to
progress to today s final as she was one
of the three automatic qualifiers. The first
three in each heat qualify and the next
two fastest advance.
She crossed third behind German s
Irmgard Bensusan, who ran a Games
record of 26.70 seconds and Marie-Ame
Le Fur (26.97), respectively but later
learned that she was disqualified for a
lane infringement which was said to have
taken place between the 100 and 150
metres markers during her run.
It is understood following the race, the
Chef de Mission Judy Beckles was query-
ing the disqualification of the 21-year-
old local runner but the referee upheld
the decision of the lane judges.
Cain will have to shake off the disap-
pointment of the disqualification quickly
as she will next compete in the 100m
T44 on Saturday.
Today, swimmer Shanntol Ince enters
the pool for her final race, the women s
100m butterfly S9 at the Olympic Aquat-
Ince has had a busy schedule for the
Games and this will be her fourth event
where she will be seeking glory. Yesterday,
she had a day off and would have worked
alongside her coach Karen Araujo to get
better results in the one lap event. She
will race out of lane lane one in the third
and final heat.
On Friday, the 21 year old opened in
the 400m freestyle S9 clocked 5:31.06,
falling short of qualifying for the final.
Ince suffered similar fates in the other
two events, touching the wall in 1:12.41
on Monday and the following day finished
in 33.38 seconds, to rank 21st overall from
a field of 22 swimmers in the 50 metres
freestyle S9 event after placed seventh
in the opening heat.
T&T shining star Akeem Stewart
returns to the field tomorrow to compete
in the men s discus T44.
Stewart broke his own world record to
nab the gold medal in the men s Javelin
Throw F42/43/44 on Friday, throwing
the spear 57.32 metres to capture T&T s
first medal of the Paralympics.
NEW YORK---Grenada s Prime Minister Dr Keith
Mitchell has reacted angrily to the sacking of West Indies
head coach Phil Simmons, blasting the move as "bizarre"
and motivated by "spite and vendetta".
In a strongly worded press statement released yesterday
afternoon, Prime Minister Mitchell expressed his "disgust"
with the decision and says it is not in the best interest
of West Indies cricket.
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced the sack-
ing Tuesday as the team was preparing to leave for the
United Arab Emirates for a series against Pakistan in all
three formats of the game.
"The decision to fire Coach Simmons is consistent with
the actions of this current WICB, whose actions are usually
motivated by spite and vendetta, rather than by what is
in the best interest of West Indies Cricket," said Prime
Minister Mitchell, who is New York on state business.
"I wish to go on record to register my disgust, (although
I am not surprised), at this latest move by the Board,
which will only be disadvantageous to the game and the
players who have come to know and love working with
Since taking up his assignment with the WICB after
an eight year stint with Ireland, Simmons has had a tumul-
tuous relationship with the Dave Cameron led adminis-
He was suspended for public pronouncements over the
omissions of all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard
from the one-day squad last year, but was reinstalled after
issuing a public apology.
"Coach Simmons had a positive impact on the players
and could have resurrected West Indies cricket if he was
allowed to create a learning environment for his players,"
said Prime Minister Mitchell.
"Instead, he was stymied by uncooperative adminis-
trators, antiquated structures and systems, and by a hostile
working environment. Once again the Board failed to see
and seize a glaring opportunity"
The Grenadian leader, a former national cricket captain
and ardent follower of the game, also lamented the steady
decline of West Indies cricket in the last two decades ,
saying : "The Board s major problem over the years has
not just been its leadership: some of its former leaders
were competent people"
"However, it has been doomed to failure because of the
environment and structures in which it has operated.
Structure controls behavior and performance," said the
Grenadian leader who has been spearheading efforts to
restructure the WICB, as Chairman of Caricom s sub-
committee on cricket governance.
"If reform and restructuring are not incorporated in
the Board s improvement plan and strategy, West Indies
cricket will remain trapped in its ever-increasing failure
WICB has rejected new proposals for reform contained
in a CARICOM governance report in which the main rec-
ommendation is for the body to be dissolved.
Prime Minister Mitchell described the current WICB
as "inflexible and autocratic" while noting an increase in
conflict between board and players in recent years.
"The Board has now become an extremely inflexible
and autocratic unit in which power and control dominate.
Cricket development and cricket performance appear to
be low on the Board s list of most important priorities,"
"During that time, the Board got rid of some of its best
people---coach Ottis Gibson; Phil Simmons, a successful
T20 World Cup coach; Darren Sammy, a two-time suc-
cessful T20 World Cup captain; Clive Lloyd the most suc-
cessful West Indies captain; and Curtly Ambrose, one of
the greatest fast bowlers the world has seen".
In its statement Tuesday, the WICB said its decision
to fire Simmons was based on public pronouncements of
the coach as well as differences in culture and strategic
"The Board is satisfied with its losing culture and will
get rid of anyone who questions or challenges that culture,"
Dr.Mitchell added. (CMC)
PM Mitchell calls
'spite and vendetta'
Cain disqualified in 200m T44 run
Dinanath/Ganga win four
zones in TTCB elections
Anil Kamal -- 67 votes
Camal Basdeo -- 45 votes
Darren Ganga -- 45 votes
Dinanath Ramnarine -- 43 votes
Samuel Badree -- 41 votes
Clint Pamphille -- 41 votes
Omar Khan -- 31 votes
Kalaparsad Sanise -- 31 votes
Kishore Ramnarine -- 30 votes
Anthony Boody -- 27 votes
Rajindra Poorai -- 26 votes
Anderson Ramdath -- 26 votes
Hadeed Ali -- 26 votes
Navin Chatoor -- 26 votes
Raymond Latchman -- 26 votes
Dinanath Ramnarine -- 26 votes
Keith Joseph -- 25 votes
Manohar Ramsaran -- 14 votes
Richard Ramkissoon -- 14 votes
Avinash Suruj -- 14 votes
Brent Morgan -- 14 votes
Marvin Edwards -- 13 Votes
Farouk Ghany -- 12 votes
Kelvin Arneaud -- 18 votes
Kirt Francis -- 18 votes
Aslim Mandol -- 18 votes
Sharaz Mohammed -- 18 votes
Brenda Solozano -- 18 votes
Keith Boodoosingh -- 7 votes
Sukesh Maniam -- 7 votes
Randy Ramjit -- 7 votes
Lennox Daly -- 7 votes
Kameel Hamza -- nomination declined
Tarandath Sammy -- nomination
(6 Successful Candidates 4 for DR and
2 for Bassarath)
Arjon Ramlal -- 19 votes
Preston Sam -- 18 votes
John Lewis -- 17 votes
Ravi Motilal -- 16 votes
Erica Baptiste-Kissoon -- (17) after 2nd
Lutchman Lochan -- (14) after 2nd
Mitra Ragoonan -- 15 votes
Prasaram Singh-- 15 votes
Kistow Subash -- 15 votes
Bobby Partap -- 15 votes
K Boodoosingh -- 14 votes
Kevin Mahabir-- 14 votes
B Partap -- 3 votes
K Subash -- 2 votes
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