Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 21st 2016 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 21, 2016
ST GEORGE'S---Grenada s Prime Min-
ister Dr Keith Mitchell said he resigned
as chairman of Caricom s sub-committee
on cricket governance because he was
angered by the behaviour of "a couple
of our leaders in the region".
Prime Minister Mitchell did not call out
the names of his regional counterparts but
accused them of undermining Caricom s
position by making "divisive" public state-
ments after agreements would have been
reached at the heads of government level.
In an interview with Grenada sports,
Prime Minister Mitchell said he has sug-
gested Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of
St.Vincent and the Grenadines take up the
"I gave it up because I felt angered by
the behaviour of a couple of our leaders
in the region and the way they behaved
when we took a decision and I felt that
they undermined the authority of the
chairman of the sub-committee at the
time and therefore I did not feel I could
continue in that position," the Grenadian
"I spoke to Ralph and in fact I sent a
message to him because I hold that position
of recognizing his leadership seriously. So
I told him that I was going to issue a state-
ment as the Prime Minister of Grenada
and he knows my position as a cricket
In June, Antigua and Barbuda s Prime
Minister Gaston Browne "categorically
rejected "the call for the dissolution of the
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), putting
him at odds with the Grenadian leader.
"Today, I categorically reject the call for
the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket
Board and I do so in my capacity as chair-
man of the Caricom Cricket Committee
governing West Indies cricket," Prime
Minister Browne said to an audience which
included WICB president Dave Cameron.
"I believe firmly that to dissolve the West
Indies Cricket Board would be to plunge
West Indies cricket into further chaos and
Dr Mitchell has been at the forefront
of spearheading efforts to restructure the
WICB and has endorsed the recent Bar-
riteau Report, which last year recom-
mended "the immediate dissolution" of
the embattled WICB.
He stressed that if regional leaders refuse
to speak with one voice the WICB would
continue to operate without being made
to account for their actions.
"We have to speak with one voice. The
problem is when you have some of us
going in different directions especially
when we make decisions at Caricom level
own and making opposite statements and
claiming that we are not part of the deci-
sion," Prime Minister Mitchell pointed
out. "I think that becomes divisive and
unhelpful and it gives those who wish to
continue to do as they want the oppor-
tunity to do so and I think that s unfor-
tunate because the region is the one that
The Barriteau Report was commissioned
by Caricom, with agreement from the
WICB, and authored by UWI Cave Hill
Principal Professor Eudine Barriteau, but
the WICB rejected the findings.
Sir Vivian Richards says that one of the major things
that would rescue West Indies cricket and make the team
compete again is by improving the standard of domestic
cricket in the Caribbean.
Speaking on the Sports Drive show on Heritage Radio,
Richards said one of the reasons for the current state of
West Indies cricket is the fact that the regional tournaments
are not of a high quality. "When you look at the regional
tournament, you don t see the quality cricket that one wit-
nessed many years ago. Back then when we played the
teams were of real quality and the competition was stiff.
Many of the guys were fortunate that they were involved
in County cricket and brought that professionalism to the
"Now that is not the case and competition is not of a
high standard. I must say that there is still hope and some
good young players are around. We have to wait and see
how they develop and if we can get a great number of
quality cricketers coming through the system, to lift the
overall standard of the domestic league."
Richards, one of the most successful captains to have
ever played the game, added that the output in terms of
the quality of players coming through the territorial boards
is not good. He used the Leewards Islands Cricket Board
as an example of the current state of cricket in the regional
Once one of the most powerful regions in cricket in the
West Indies, the Leewards have been scraping the bottom
of the barrel for the last few years.
"What is happening at the West Indies level is now being
replicated in the Leeward Islands. The domestic cricket in
the Leewards is not of a high standard and hence they throw
up players to represent the Leewards, who are found wanting
when they battle other countries.
"We need to improve at the domestic level within the
Leewards, in order to get a stronger Leewards team and
then go to regional tournaments as a force to be reckoned
with. All the other territories need to step up in terms of
getting quality players through the system, so they can com-
pete. When all of this is done, the West Indies are served
with better players and hence we can then look to turn
around the fortunes of our team in world cricket."
Sebastien replaces Walsh
on selection panel
ST JOHN'S---Former Dominica, Wind-
ward Islands and Combined Islands
opener Lockhart Sebastien has been
appointed as a selector for the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the board
Sebastien, who was an alternate selector
for the last four years, replaces Courtney
Walsh who stepped down from the selec-
tion panel last month after signing on as
Bangladesh s new bowling coach.
Sebastien has played 92 first class
matches and scored 4,934 runs with the
highest score of 219.
He has managed the Windward Islands
senior team for the last 12 years and has
served as a director on the Windward
Islands board for the last ten years.
"I want to thank the directors for
approving my term as a selector. I have
always been a team player and together
with the other selectors, we will ensure
the best West Indies team is selected at
all times," said Sebastien, manager for
the West Indies "A" team to India in 2013
and Sri Lanka in 2014.
"Selectors have not always pleased
everyone in the Caribbean but I am part
of a team who will try the utmost to make
Caribbean people happy"
The appointment was ratified at the
Board of Directors meeting in Dominica,
earlier this month.
Sebastien s term as a selector is for two
five in warm up
BRIDGETOWN---Shane Dowrich and
Rajendra Chandrika scored half centuries
and Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed five wick-
ets to steal the spotlight on the first day
of the two day practice match between
West Indies Blue and West Indies Maroon
Dowrich retired with a top score of 77
while Chandrika, who opened the innings,
scored 57, the top scorers in West Indies
Blue 225 all out at Windward Sports Club.
Cornwall finished with five for 79 includ-
ing two maiden overs to be the thorn in
His scalps included opener Leon Johnson
for 13, Roston Chase for six in the top order
and the middle order wickets of Vishual
Singh for 20, Jahmar Hamilton eight and
Roland Cato five.
But the highlight of the innings so far
has been the batting of Chandrika and
Dowrick who compiled 72 runs for the fifth
Dowrick cracked 11 fours and cleared the
boundary once to reach 77 from 97 balls
while Chandrika accumulated his 57 from
117 balls hitting four fours in the process.
The other double digit score came from
Jerome Jones who was run out for 16 while
the other wicket takers for West Indies
Maroon were Obed McCoy, Devendra
Bishoo and Jessie Bootan who picked up
a wicket each.
The warm-up match between West
Indies Blue and West Indies Maroon con-
tinues today involving mainly members of
the Test squad preparing for the upcoming
series against Pakistan in the United Arab
Emirates, and West Indies A-Team preparing
for their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. (CMC)
Fed up of being ignored, sports commentator Selwyn
Melville has directed his legal team to issue a pre-action
protocol letter to embattled T&T Football Association
president David John Williams to meet to resolve the on-
going issue of the Soca Warriors trademark.
The letter dated September 19 and delivered by mail to
the TTFA office, Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo
states that attorney Egon Embarack and Flix Celestine,
acting on instructions from attorney Raydon Watts will act
on behalf of Melville on the Soca Warriors trademark. The
letter also threatened that if the football association boss
fails to respond within 28 days that legal action will be taken
Both parties have been at pains to agree on the rightful
owner of the Soca Warriors name, an issue that dates
back to the Jack Warner era in local football.
Only in July 25 this year, a letter was issued to the local
football boss highlighting the concerns and inviting him to
an urgent meeting to find an amicable resolution to the
problem, but this never materialised as there was no response
from John-Williams and the TTFA.
Melville and his legal team also took offence to a recent
request by the Association to file for trademark in the
United States and Europe for the ownership of the Soca
Warriors brand, a development that was said to have started
under the previous Raymond Tim Kee s reign at the TTFA.
Melville s team insists the issue needs to be addressed with
a heightened sense of urgency and urged the TTFA boss to
make necessary arrangement to formally discontinue all
foreign trademark application and to meet to resolve.
Sir Viv calls for more
domestic cricket to
Melville hits TTFA
Proud Guardian reporters Vinode Mamchan, right, and Rachael King show off their awards
to a delighted sports editor Valentino Singh at the Guardian Media building in Chaguanas
yesterday. Mamchan and King dominated the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) media awards on
Saturday night capturing the 'Journalist of the Year' title in the male and female categories.
It was the sixth consecutive time for Mamchan while King was having her first success.
PHOTO: ROBERT CODALLO
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