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Bassarath eyes Lara Stadium
President of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB), Azim Bassarath says that one of the major things his executive wants to achieve in this coming term is to get cricket into all areas of Trinidad and Tobago and hence they are calling for the completion of the Brian Lara Stadium at Tarouba.
Bassarath was returned to office for a third successive term at the helm of the TTCB at their annual general meeting on Saturday. He defeated challenger Dinanath Ramnarine, who was also defeated in his attempt to become vice-president to Dr Allen Sammy. At the end of the elections for first vice-president the Ramnarine camp gave up the fight and the rest of Bassarath’s executive returned un-opposed.
Yesterday, Bassarath said it is critical that the board spread the game to the villages. “Coming out of the AGM on the weekend we have decided to intensify efforts to take the game into the rural areas. We think that we need more people playing the game and with the T20 being very attractive and bringing people back to the game, we have to do our part and take the game to them as well.
“The Brian Lara Stadium is critical to our plans because we need to have regional and international matches played in the South.
“In the past we held regional matches at Guaracara Park and even at Wilson Road in Penal. However, with the WICB mandating that regional matches be played at only Test venues, we cannot stage matches at Guaracara Park.
Now get us clear, we agree that the players must play at the best venues in order to develop their game, so we are not against this. We now have to look to see what we can do, in order to get the cricket out to other fans and not only to those in the urban areas.
“As a result we see the completion of the Brian Lara Stadium as critical and we want to make a call to the minister of Housing, to assist us in this regard, so we can get the ground completed.
“It is my understanding that $185M was set aside in the last budget for the completion of the ground and we will like to see work commence soon on this.
“We will also like to make a call to the minister to include the TTCB in the refurbishment of the ground in terms of making a tour of the facility with us, so we can lend our professional advice.”
Bassarath said the area where the Brian Lara Stadium is located has excellent parking facilities and this would ease a lot of stress for fans.
“When you consider that parking is a real issue around the Queen’s Park Oval, since none is allowed in King George V Park, here is a situation where you have excellent parking facilities. Also fans in the South who have problems making it into Port-of-Spain can get to see some cricket too. These days matches are played at nights and security is an issue for fans travelling home far distances at night. Having the Brian Lara Stadium as an option can solve a lot of these issues.”
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