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Ramnarine, Ganga voted in as club reps
Former West Indies cricketers Dinanath Ramnarine and Daren Ganga are among six new people voted in as club representatives after the National League of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) held their elections on Wednesday night.
Indefatigable Ramnarine, who is throwing his hat into the ring to become the next president of the TTCB at the annual general elections on October 29, received a boost as his slate all got in after support from national league clubs.
Ganga his running mate also got in, as well as former national cricketer Andre Lawrence and Giles Antoine, Clint Pamphile and Anil Kamal. Kamal who was supported by both Ramnarine and incumbent Azim Bassarath’s Movement for Change, got the most votes as he tallied 72. Next in line was Ramnarine himself with 57, followed by Ganga with 55, Antoine with 53, Lawrence also with 53 and Pamphile with 50.
They got the better of the incumbent’s Movement for Change’s Patrick Rampersad, Dr. Sammy, Richard Ramkissoon, Balraj Ragoo and Rafi Ali. Kamal was nominated by both slates.
Some of the Zones have already held their club representatives elections and Ramnarine’s group has won in the South Zone and the South West Zones. Movement for Change has won the North East Zone. Last night the South East Zone was to hold their club representative elections. Still to come are the North Zone club representatives election, as well as Tobago.
According to Rampersad the South East Zonal elections now becomes key and if they lose that, they might as well give up. “We are not giving up just yet. We still have the South East elections to come and we are hoping for the best. If we lose South East we may as well kiss TTCB goodbye.
“At this moment we still think we have a realistic chance of winning the annual general meeting on October 29.”
Looking back at Wednesday night’s loss, Rampersad said: “It’s hard to point to any one factor. One would think that the clubs thought that we did not represent their interest well. The other thinking may be that Ramnarine brings a level of youthfulness, the administration. What ever is the reason, we will continue the battle and continue to promote and work hard for cricket, even if we lose.”
On Wednesday night, the UTT team was not allowed to vote, although two officials turned up for the meeting. Rampersad explained why they were denied the chance to vote. “The Deryck Murray-led administration was asked by the UTT to come on board and play at the Championship level. Murray’s administration then entered into an agreement with them to allow them to play in the Championship.
“Now remember this is promotion board and when you come into cricket, you start at the lowest level and you have to gain promotion to reach the Championship and then the Premiership level. The agreement then was to allow them to play at the Championship level which is the second highest level in Trinidad and Tobago but they were not have any voting franchise, as far as the TTCB goes.
“What was strange was the fact that they attended no previous elections but showed up on Wednesday night. I think it was a deliberate act to cause strife and distraction at the elections.”
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