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As the Trinidad and Tobago
Cricket Board (TTCB) gets down
to business this weekend choosing
officials for their different com-
mittees and also managers for
their different teams, I would like
to remind them of a few things.
Azim Bassarath recently won his
third successive term as president
of the TTCB, resisting an attempt
from former Test leg-spinner
Dinanath Ramnarine to take control
of local cricket.
He now takes charge for at least
another three years and with all
his administrators having the expe-
rience of two terms under their
belts, they must really make an
indelible mark in the development
of cricket over the next three years.
I understand that politics plays
a big role in almost everything in
life and it is no different at the
TTCB but Bassarath and his boys
have to put the right people in the
right place, if they want to get the
It makes no sense putting people
in positions where they cannot
deliver. I know that the board might
find it prudent to repay men who
supported with votes but a balance
must be struck, or else this admin-
istration can feel the wrath of the
cricket community in T&T.
What I have found over the years
dealing with everyone in sport, is
that you don t have to be a former
or present cricketer to be a good
administrator. I would like to take
issue with the selection of man-
agers for the different teams under
the control of the TTCB.
The national senior team is
under the control of an excellent
manager in Omar Khan.
The Gasparillo resident would
have played the game at the youth
level in South but he is what I like
to call a born-manager. He gets
men to perform and deliver and
has the skill of human relations
down to an art.
This is also the case with Colin
Borde who was no former national
player but is also an excellent man-
ager and one who has gotten pos-
itive results as well. These two guys
have shown that you need not be
a former national or international
sportsman to be a good manager.
Managers in my view are not
made, but born. You have to have
that natural ability to lead and this
cannot be taught in the classroom
or on the playing field. You have
to come with that talent built in.
One great example of this is the
manager of First Citizens Bank in
Chaguanas, Baldath Maharaj. This
man turned around a fledging First
Citizens branch in Gulf View to
Branch of the Year on many occa-
When you speak to his staff they
tell you that the man is a born
leader, he has charisma and this
works for him. A good manager
does not breathe down the backs
of his employees or players.
He does not micro-manage and
by not micro-managing, he devel-
ops those under his charge with
allowing them to make decision,
all leading to the growth process.
Maharaj built an excellent unit
at Gulf View and the higher-ups
in the bank noticed this and sent
him to Chaguanas to chart a suc-
cessful path for that branch as well.
It is understood that he is now
doing the same for Chaguanas
what he did for Gulf View.
When you speak to him, he says
that leadership and management
cannot be orthodox. You have to
be flexible and unorthodox in your
dealings at times to get the best
out of your employees.
You have to understand their
strengths and weaknesses and
know who to use where. This
according to him is the key. When
you look at Khan and Borde as
cricket managers they are doing
the same and hence the reason
they are getting the success. Both
men have empowered their players
and they know what is required to
get them ticking.
They also know protocol and
because of the fact that they have
gained the respect of their players,
they get them to stay between the
lines of excellence. I remember a
former West Indies Test cricketer
who managed the regional side.
He made a complete fool of
himself because he could not
understand proper management
practices. He was about to board
a bus to attend an official team
function and did not wear the
sponsor s official team Polo shirt.
He was approached by a sponsor s
representative and told he should
don the official shirt.
He responded by saying that he
does not feel comfortable in polos
and liked to wear dress shirts. Many
of his players turned up at the
function without officials polos
and his poor practice was replicated
by his players.
So, as Bassarath and his men sit
down this weekend to make their
selections, they must keep in mind
that professionals are needed in
specific positions and should be
Baldath Maharaj, an
example of a top
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