Split in loyalty in Central Zone Council
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - THE Executive members of the Central Zonal Council have met and come to the decision that they would be supporting former West Indies players Dinanath Ramnarine and Daren Ganga at the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Annual General Meeting on October 26.
But whether that support is unanimous remains to be seen as there appears to be a split in loyalty between the Ramnarine/Ganga slate and the incumbent “Movement for Change” led by Azim Bassarath.
In a media release by the Central Zonal Council on Wednesday, its treasurer Keith Joseph stated emphatically, “the Central Zone is very strong in their support for Ramnarine and that would not change. ‘Dinas’ is one of our boys and we have every confidence that he will work for the betterment of the game.”
Narsingh Rambaran, Vice-Chairman of the Zone is quoted as saying, “we are very clear in our minds who we are supporting and that is Ramnarine and his team. We believe that is the best way forward for Trinidad and Tobago cricket.”
But speaking with Newsday yesterday, Farouk Hosein, one of three Central Zone representatives to the TTCB AGM on October 26 admitted he is in support of the Bassarath faction. The other Central Zone representatives who would be voting at the TTCB elections are Rambaran and Joseph.
Hosein argued that an October 1 press release by the Central Zone, which quoted Chairman Mozack Rahamut as saying, “We all support Dinas very strongly” was premature as they had not convened to discuss who they would back for the TTCB AGM.
Hosein acknowledged, however, that the Executive met recently and decided they would be favouring Ramnarine and Ganga on October 26.
“The Executive took a decision supporting him (Ramnarine), but I didn’t have any say. The Executive met and I have to agree with the Executive,” he concluded.