Ramsaran wants change to cricket structure

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Former Minister of Sports Manohar Ramsaran has called for a change to the cricketing structure locally, if the national team is to regain prominence as a Regional First Class powerhouse.

During an interview on Friday, Ramsaran stated, “I’ve said it over and over again, we have lost the structure of our cricket that has produced good players, like the North-South Classic, where people were given a look-at. 

“The zonal cricket where we had the best players to play against each other, so they could fill the breach,” continued Ramsaran, who is also the President of Munroe Road Cricket Club. “(Another) point is if money is the problem (and) if money could only get certain players to play cricket? I don’t know if it’s a money problem, do the players need money to be an incentive? 

He continued, “if that is the case, play people who are hungry, who want to show their talents, rather than play people to whom money is the only incentive and playing for Trinidad and Tobago is only for glamour. I think we must have another look.” 

Ramsaran was speaking on the heels of Trinidad and Tobago’s humiliating 140-run loss to the Combined Campuses and Colleges on Thursday, in the Semi-Final round of the Regional Super50 tournament at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. Trinidad and Tobago have claimed the Caribbean T20 title for the past three years and Ramsaran was asked if the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), as well as the selection panel, should focus on more specialist players for the three versions of the game (T20, one-day/50-overs and First Class).

“We have had T20 specialists in the country and that has happened without even planning,” he noted. 

“But I still believe that we are not playing the Four-Day (cricket) at a higher level. Yes, club cricket is good, but being a club person myself, when you go to a particular club, particular pitches are prepared (by the hosts) to suit their teams and you don’t get the best result. 

“I believe we should really appoint a committee who understands cricket and play zonal matches, that should be returned, as well as the North-South Classic. That should be a First-Class fixture,” Ramsaran ended.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 04:53