Ganga takes up post at UTT
...on sabbatical from Petrotrin
Former Trinidad and Tobago cricket captain Daren Ganga has taken a three-year sabbatical from State-owned Petrotrin.
Ganga, 34, was seconded to the University of T&T, where he now holds the post of senior manager, Sports and Recreation.
The new contracted position took effect on October 7 and is for a period of three years. Sources say Ganga, who worked in Petrotrin’s corporate communications department, was interviewed by UTT in May.
He received the nod from a panel which included vice-president human resource Alan Ragoonanan, VP business development and marketing Navinett Boodhai, VP quality assurance Ruby Alleyne and external expert Sean Roach.
In August, Ganga was contacted and told he was the successful candidate. However, he asked for time to consider the offer and tie up loose ends at Petrotrin. Efforts to contact Ganga yesterday were unsuccessful.
Ganga is the recipient of a Humming Bird Gold medal for his contribution to sport. He was also named as a sports ambassador by Government.
In 2009, Ganga had initially been debarred by Petrotrin from taking part as skipper of the national team in the Champions League T20 cricket tournament in India. He had written the national and regional cricketing bodies to advise that his employer had refused his request for leave to play in India.
The refusal was in the form of a letter dated September 17, signed by then Petrotrin corporate communications manager Arnold Corneal.
In his letter, Corneal stated: “Our records have shown you have received a total of 37 working days to go on national duties for 2009. As communicated to you prior to May 21, 2008, November 20, 2008 and January 5, 2009, leave for national service shall be granted up to a maximum of one month per annum with pay for the duration of such representation.”
The decision not to grant leave was rescinded following the intervention of then Energy Minister Conrad Enill and Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner.
Ganga was allowed to compete in the Champions League on no pay leave.