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Bassarath wins another term as TTCB head
Former national league umpire and incumbent T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) president Azim Bassarath no-balled former West Indies leg-spinner Dinanath Ramnarine as he won a third term in office at the helm of the local cricket organisation. Bassarath led the way for his Movement for Change as they all retained their positions on the national executive and will be in charge of domestic cricket for the next three years. The Moruga resident, who has been TTCB boss since 2009, defeated the former West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president Ramnarine by a 28-20 margin. Ramnarine was then nominated by his group for the position of first vice-president but the Movement for Change candidate Dr Allen Sammy then defeated him 28-20 to take the position. At this point Ramnarine and his men decided to concede and Lalman Kowlessar was elected second vice-president unopposed, Patrick Rampersad took the new position of third vice-president unopposed as well. All other officers were unchallenged, as Arjoon Ramlal retained his position as general secretary and Sukesh Maniam as treasurer.
The other members making up the executive were the well respected Baldath Mahabir, Ann Browne-John, former Minister of Sport Manohar Ramsaran, Tarandath Sammy and Ian Ramlal.
In his address to the media after the elections, Bassarath said he was always confident and knew that his team would win. “We allowed our performance to talk, we campaigned with a high level of integrity and we won in the end. As we move forward we know we have a lot to do for the clubs and we will continue our focus on development.” On defeating Ramnarine he had this to say: “I thought that defeating Deryck Murray in 2009 was a bigger achievement. I am not dismissing Ramnarine but I thought that Deryck’s effort was more forceful and to me that was a bigger challenge.” Bassarath added that he was willing to work with Ramnarine and his group to take the game forward. “When you have players like Ramnarine, Daren Ganga, Andre Lawrence and Giles Antoine in the national league set up and as board members you have to use their talent to benefit the game and we intend to do just that.”
Mahabir said that he contacted the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron and when he gave him the news of Bassarath’s victory, he was very happy. He said: “The TTCB still has to approve the directors going to the WICB because there is still so much to be done. However, we now enjoy a wonderful relationship with the WICB and this would only improve. Dr Allen Sammy is an excellent resource man and has made a great contribution to the WICB and TTCB and it is good that he won, so he can continue his work.” Sammy and Mahabir the man who has been credited with bringing the WICB and TTCB closer together were the TTCB’s directors on the WICB for the past two years and they are both expected to return to that position again.
Rampersad, who has worked tirelessly since his entry into the TTCB, said he was happy with the results because there is still so much that this current board has to bring to fruition. He said that development was their key point during the last administration and that is not about to change during the next three years.
TTCB’s Executive for 2013 to 2016
President – Azim Bassarath
First vice-president – Dr Allen Sammy
Second vice-president – Lalman Kowlessar
Third vice-president – Patrick Rampersad
General secretary – Arjoon Ramlal
Treasurer – Sukesh Maniam
Other members – Baldath Mahabir, Ian Ramlal, Tarandath Sammy, Manohar Ramsaran and Ann Browne-John.
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