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Test captain Jason Holder says he is deter-
mined to avoid controversial off-the-field
issues and focus on his main job of leading
the Caribbean side.
Responding to questions from media here
on the decision by Darren Bravo, Marlon
Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite to decline central
contracts, Holder reiterated he was powerless
over such administrative matters and was more
preoccupied with galvanising West Indies per-
formances on the field.
All three players are members of the Test
squad which finally won their first game in 19
months and first on foreign soil in four years,
when they beat Pakistan by five wickets in the
third and final Test in Sharjah on Thursday.
"As I ve said about all the negative things
around West Indies cricket, those things are
basically beyond my control," said Holder who
celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday.
"I can t control who signs contracts, I can t
control who s here with me. All I can control
is my destiny on the cricket field when I step
over that line, and that goes for everybody in
the dressing room."
The West Indies Cricket Board disclosed this
week that the trio of Bravo, Samuels and Brath-
waite had opted against retainer contracts, for
the year-long period ending September next
Bravo is the leader of the Windies batting
group, averaging 40 from 49 Tests, while
Samuels is the side s most senior player with
71 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals.
Brathwaite, the newly appointed Twenty20
skipper, is also a member of both the Test and
Their decision immediately raised question
marks about their respectively futures but Hold-
er said ultimately it was up to each payer to
take responsibility for their performances and
"Us players we have to be responsible for
our own individual actions [and] take our own
personal pride onto the cricket field and control
cricket," he pointed out.
"At the end of the day, that s the only thing
we can control and at the end of the day, cricket
will be here to stay and it s been here before
us. So, for me, we just go out there and control
(what we can) by playing good cricket."
West Indies wrapped up a difficult tour
against Pakistan this week, losing the T20 and
ODI series by 3-0 margins and succumbing 2-
1 in the Test series.
They now head to Zimbabwe for the Tri-
Nation Series involving Sri Lanka and the hosts,
which bowls off November 14. (CMC)
Soca Warriors midfielder Kevin Moli-
no has been shortlisted along with
former England international Frank
Lampard of New York City FC and
Chris Pontius of the Philadelphia
Union for the US Major League
Soccer "Comeback Player of the
The winner will be announced
on November 16th.
Last season, Molino, who has been
axed by T&T for its opening two World
Cup qualifying matches in the CON-
CACAF Final Round six-team series
against Costa Rica (November 11) and
Honduras (November) for disciplinary rea-
sons, had his season cut short after tearing
his ACL in May 2015.
He was limited to just seven games in
Orlando City s inaugural MLS season, but
Molino wasn t satisfied with that.
During his recovery, Molino, a former Sec-
ondary Schools Football League standout
worked harder than ever.
A former East Mucurapo Secondary
student, he kept with training
throughout the entire offseason,
making sure he increased his fit-
ness levels to their maximum
Saying Molino had an impres-
sive season is an understatement
as he made 26 starts in 30 appear-
ances, scoring 11 goals and earning
eight assists this season while being
outscored only by Cyle Larin, and
came in second to Kaká for most
He played with passion, putting Orlando
City ahead in critical moments and was also
named to the MLS Team of the Week three
Off the field, Molino is still a positive force
and is also focused on the task ahead and
grateful for the opportunity to play for this
club and this city.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt November 6, 2016
West Indies Test captain Jason Holder issues
directives during the recent third and final
Test against Pakistan in Sharjah.
PHOTO COURTESY WICB
I want to express my dissatisfaction
with the performance, or lack thereof,
with the management of the SporTT
when it faced the Joint Select Commit-
tee of Parliament on Wednesday.
The same unprepared fashion most of
our teams and athletes regularly find them-
selves in when taking on the world was
very vivid by those in charge at SporTT.
However, in every team there are players
who stand out and the legal officer, Naveen
Maraj, and the facilities manager, Anthony
Blake, appeared to be the prepared players
both of whom captured the attention of
the JSC members with positive and con-
fident responses to questions thrown at
However, for those of us who watched
the proceedings and who read the T&T
Guardian s article written by Gail Alexander,
a seasoned political reporter in Thursday s
publication, we must be concerned over
the current state of sport, in the boardroom
since it reflects what happens on the field
Wade Mark, chairman of the JSC, asked
Michael Phillips, the chairman of SporTT
the first question: "What is the status of
the implementation of the many recom-
mendations in the special audit report from
the auditor general?
Not satisfied with the chairman s
response Mark asked: "Are you familiar
with this audit?
Phillips relpied: "Yes."
Mark: "There are 15 recommendations.
Could you tell us within the year that you
were in receipt of this report (November
28, 2014 to November 2, 2016), how many
of the 15 recommendations that SporTT
From here on the lack of preparation
surfaced and from then it was not good
Newly-appointed Minister of Public Util-
ities Fitzgerald Hinds approach to the sit-
ting was that of a lawyer cross-examining
the witness for the defence, while Labour
Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus displayed
her union hat.
But one cannot blame the JSC approach
because SporTT officials were out of their
depth and seemed corned as they were
flanked by some serious-looking officials
from the Auditor s General Office and
politicians, all of whom knew their way
around the Parliament Chamber during
the meeting which lasted for more than
Among the many issues for which
SporTT had no answers were the dismissal
of workers, the hiring of a consultancy
firm, the absence of a human resources
department and the frequency in which
chief executive officers pass through the
JSC member Dr Tim Gopeesingh, said
he found it strange that a company which
was formed in 2004 was operating with
a sport policy that was established in 2002.
However, in their defence, acting per-
manent secretary in the Ministry of Sport
and Youth Affairs, Ian Ramdhani, said that
the ministry was formulating a new policy
going forward and it would comprise many
of the recommendations
outlined by the Auditor s
A review of the Audi-
tor General Report on the operations of
SporTT points to the urgency for the trans-
formation in the governance and manage-
ment of sport in T&T.
It raised several questions about effective
strategic planning, implementation and
monitoring and evaluation.
The Report points out that several factors
are effecting the proper functioning of
• Frequent changes in CEOs. The suc-
cess of any organisation requires a min-
imum acceptable level of stability, especially
at the managerial level.
However, the regular changing of CEOs
at SporTT does not help in ensuring trust
and integrity in the organisation by its
employees, sporting bodies and the general
population. Furthermore, the strategic plan-
ning process becomes shambolic. At the
moment, SporTT is without a confirmed
• Performance Indicators are not clearly
defined nor measurable in the 2012-2016
Draft Strategic Plan. As such SporTT is
unable to measure clearly its successes in
relation to its objectives. At the time of
the report, baseline data, a key variable in
strategic planning to allow for measuring
performance, was not available.
• Even more alarming it was stated that
"SporTT does not have performance indi-
cators to measure potential growth in these
sporting disciplines to inform the con-
struction of these projects" (p.8), yet still
some are conjecturing without any evidence
or programme that these facilities will auto-
matically result in increased participation
in these disciplines and provide medal
hopefuls in the future.
• In terms of using elite athletes as a
justification for the construction of the
facilities, it was stated for the period 2011-
2013, there were 57 elite athletes, of which
track and field accounted for 41 athletes
• Although the Ministry of Sport and
SporTT promoted then and now the idea
of developing sport tourism through the
national facilities in cycling, swimming and
tennis, there was no clearly defined strategic
road map for promoting sport tourism.
Another example of putting the cart
before the horse relates to the absence of
any schedule of events. Furthermore, there
has never been any clearly defined sport
tourism policy to ensure the facilities
become cash cows.
The gauntlet has been thrown down to
SporTT chairman Phillips and the acting
permanent secretary in the Ministry of
Sport and Youth Affairs to get their act
together and to ensure that the policy which
outlines sport for all becomes a reality and
not only focus on the 15 sporting disciplines
that are under its purview.
Holder focused on game,
not off-field matters
Molino up for MLS Comback
Player of the Year award
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
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