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Jumadeen should resign says Mahabir

Published: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Ishwar Sookoonsingh, right, South-East Zonal Council’s Cricketer of the Year receives one of his many bowling awards from Baldath Mahabir, executive member of the T&T Cricket Board in 2014.

Baldath Mahabir an executive member of the TTCB is ready to reach a compromise with the agitating National League Representatives team over at least one contentious issue.

“ If it was left to me, I have no problem with the six nominated members not having an outgoing vote, but I believe that the executive officers who are involved in the management of the affairs should retain their votes, but that is just my personal opinion on this matter. I have no problem with nominated members not being able to vote automatically in a new election,” Mahabir said on Isports show on Thursday on radio i95.5fm

“The purpose of the nominated members was to introduce a level of professional persons into an organization, and at the West Indies Cricket Board, the nominated members have no voting rights at the moment,” added Mahabir

Mahabir was addressing the concerns over both West Indies cricket and T&T’s abysmal performance finishing last in the regional four-day tournament in 2018 for the first time since 1986.

Interestingly, Mahabir resigned as a director of West Indies cricket after losing the election challenge to Dave Cameron when he ran as vice president with challenger Joel Garner. Cameron won comfortably, but Mahabir stated, "It was an election where the voting was done by show of hands rather than by secret ballots which was unusual for the occasion. So that caused an objection, but it was then voted on, and agree to proceed,”

When questioned on the current situation with the national team and the selectors headed by chairman Raphick Jumadeen Mahabir said, "Every year we review the selectors, so it is a year by year appointment but my belief is that you can only measure persons on the performances of the team and if I was Raphick Jumadeen I would have resigned. He continued, “We also have asked how is it, that Evin Lewis and Jason Mohammed were allowed to leave the team in Barbados, before we were certain that we had made it to the semi-finals. We should have allowed these players to play against Barbados, but we have been told that was a team decision in Barbados, so we will discuss more when they return.”

Mahabir also emphasized, that even though funding is the major issue, “All of the clubs have received a subvention this season, so any other reports are not true. So while there's a lack of funding, we have ensured that we continue to support the clubs.

He said, “There is no doubt in my mind that matters off the field affect the situation on the field at all levels, so the uncertainty in our cricket at national level continues to filter down to the players. We need in this country to engage the senior players and have proper discussion and also at the West Indies level. There is a need for better communication with the senior players. We need to understand their situation and this amnesty needs to be expanded."

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