Zaheer Ali appointed to TTCB’s development unit

Trinidad Guardian article.

Couva, Tobago - Former West Indies youth captain and T&T cricketer Zaheer Ali has been appointed to the development committee of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB).

His appointment comes on the heels of Azim Bassarath being elected for his third term as president of the board. Ali, who opted out of cricket in 2002 to pursue a career in the police force and legal studies, has decided to come back into cricket at the administrative level, looking to give back to the sport that has given him much.

Speaking to the T&T Guardian, Ali said: “Recently I was appointed a member of the development committee of the TTCB and I am very happy with the fact that here is an opportunity for me to give back to the sport I love so much.

Zaheer Ali, centre, in conversation with president of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath, left, and national selector Roland Sampath.

“Every year at the beginning of the local cricket season, I have thoughts and get calls from different people who would like me to take up the sport actively again. After giving it tremendous consideration, I decided that it is better to go into administration because I think that I have a lot to offer the game based on my experience in the legal field and also as a policeman.”

Ali recently graduated with a law degree and also launched his foundation which has been making waves in its short existence so far. Looking ahead he said: “There is a lot of work to do and after my first meeting I am really motivated to do my part to assist. I find that the chairman Tarandath Sammy is an open minded man and one who listens. These are good traits for anyone assuming leadership and I think that we can reach places.”

Ali added that he liked the fact that the executive of the board is taking a keen interest in the development committee. “I am very happy to state that the president Azim Bassarath and the executive is in close contact with this committee and this means that they are serious about the development of the game.

“We have some great ideas and we will be looking for support from the executive to make this a success. We all have a part to play in T&T’s cricket and once everyone puts their best foot forward, we will have a lot to be happy about soon.”

First Published In The Trinidad Guardian.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 03:28