Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Clear the air on removal of T&T from Red Steel


please explain: Anil Roberts

Mark Fraser

 The Minister of Sport has taken considerable time and has infused significant effort to explain the reason for the removal of the country’s name from the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Red Steel cricket team.

In his various pronouncements on the matter, the Minister also has sought to belittle one of the game’s current stars for the latter’s disappointment in and comment on the foolishness of the removal of our country’s name from that of the team. He has opined that Dwayne Bravo needs to take a more mature view of the action. Oh brother!

In the “Trinidad and Tobago” Business Telephone Directory 2014, I counted 117 businesses, including both public and private entities, with the words “Trinidad and Tobago” incorporated, embedded, glued, stuck, anchored, affixed, inserted at the forefront of their respective names.

Would Minister Anil Roberts please indicate if he is going to: (a) go back to the Cabinet; and (b) going to further drum up the support of various individuals such as those illustrious members of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board who supported the removal of the country’s name from the Red Steel team name to have the names of those many private, professional, business, trade, sport and cultural associations and enterprises listed, altered on the basis of the same lame dubious questionable argument offered to further undermine the already underfunded branding efforts being made by the Tourism Development Company (TDC) and other State promotion agencies. 

Why would a minister of the entire Cabinet of a serious country’s government become involved in such a clearly trivial matter? 

What law dictates that permission must be sought of the Cabinet for the use of the country’s name? 

Have all 117 organisations had to seek such permission? 

There is more here than meets the eye. Somehow, I get the impression that somebody, somewhere is jealous of the CPL and has an axe to grind. Over to you, Mr Minister.

Richard C de Lima

Diego Martin