President of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath says that the negotiations between his association and the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) concerning funds for the national cricketers who went to the Champions League in South Africa will be concluded amicably.
Just before the start of the Champions League, some players threatened to withhold their services over demands that they receive a share of US$450,000 which the TTCB received in transfer fees for IPL players Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard.
The players eventually fulfilled their commitment to the TTCB after being assured that negotiations would continue after the tournament. Bassarath said yesterday negotiations were continuing. “I am sure that it will be resolved amicably soon.”
Bassarath also revealed that a de-briefing session was held with the national team management and players following their disappointing show in the IPL qualifiers. T&T were eliminated after losing to Yorkshire in the play-offs.
Bassarath said he met with the players and management. “I also met with the captain privately, and we left the meeting cognizant of our roles in taking the game forward. The players expressed hurt over the loss to Yorkshire and the discussions were frank.”
Bassarath said the meeting was called to chart a way forward. “This is exactly what was achieved. We are all on the same page and we are looking forward to the season ahead. I am confident that the team would perform much better as we move ahead. “
Bassarath also stated that the players were happy with the preparations they had for the Champions League, but said they wanted more competitive matches in their build up to the tournament, and to play in different conditions to sharpen their game.
Manager of the team Omar Khan also revealed that a number of issues were discussed. “The TTCB got the reports from the manager and coach and every aspect of the tour was discussed.
“The players gave their point of the view and all in all things went well.”
Looking ahead to the regional T20 tournament, Khan said the players were keen to take part in the regional T20 and return as winners. “We will have all the big name players available and from this point our focus will be the regional T20. Of course the guys will be carrying with them the lessons learnt from the Champions League tournament and looking to improve their play.”
The regional T20 cricket series will be played in late January in T&T and St. Lucia. Missing from the meeting were Ravi Rampaul, Adrian Barath, Shannon Gabriel and Lendl Simmons.