Ramsaran: No reason to remove Bassarath
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
Valsayn, Trinidad - Former Minister of Sport, Manohar Ramsaran, has declared there is no justifiable reason to remove from office the incumbent Movement for Change which currently controls the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB).
The “Movement”, led by Azim Bassarath, are in a battle with former national cricketers Dinanath Ramnarine and Daren Ganga who are seeking to unseat the current Executive at the TTCB national executive elections on October 26.
Ramsaran said the duo proferred no credible reasons for wanting to remove the present administration which has been responsible for charting the success of TT cricket over the past four years.
“One would have expected that there would have been a call for an audit of the board’s finances which are par for the course in election campaigns of this type. But we are yet to hear the reasons why Ramnarine and Ganga want to change the cricket administration,” said Ramsaran.
He said no organisation is perfect and that improvements are needed, but that it is an ongoing process.
He believes officials eligible to vote in the October 26 national executive elections must seriously question the reasons why the challengers are demanding change.
The former government minister, who presided over sports and also community development, said cricket is in danger of rolling back all the progress that has been made under the Bassarath administration.
“Local cricket has moved from being north centric and has spread throughout Trinidad and Tobago into every nook and cranny, which is one of the reasons for our success overall.
“Are we going back to the days when one club ruled the game? There must be a recognition of the importance of the zones and affiliates. Their development hinged on the battle fought on their behalf by Alloy Lequay way back in 1980,” said Ramsaran.
He said under Bassarath and his executive, much progress has been made, as cricket has become more inclusive, clubs have been given help in all spheres of their activities, turf wickets are now the norm and there has been a general improvement in the playing fields across TT.