Friday, February 23, 2018

Bassarath calls for help for clubs



Mark Fraser

 Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) officially unveiled and re-dedicated its refurbished Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre on Sunday with improved indoor nets, dormitories and an Information Technology (IT) room.

Over the past few months the TTCB has spent a substantial sum of money, completely revamping the facility.

The newly re-laid carpets in the indoor nets will allow differing bounce and pace while the new dormitories will be more user-friendly and the IT room is expected to assist coaches and analysts.

TTCB president Azim Bassarath also promised that during his tenure, the positive developments would continue apace to benefit the young players.

In his address Bassarath said “it is the intention of myself and my entire administration to continue the good work, building and changing to suit the needs of our ever-evolving sport.”

“We are unveiling a renewed SFWDC, new carpets, new nets, longer run-ups, better dressing rooms, better dormitories and the like. This, ladies and gentlemen, is an investment in the future of the game, the future of our country,” he added.

Bassarath also made a public call for much needed assistance to the cricket clubs, starting at National League level and eventually working through the entire cricket system.

“No lesser person than the Hon PJ Patterson, the former Prime Minister of Jamaica made a plea for the recognition and support of cricket clubs, and the role they play in the development and sustenance of the sport,” said the TTCB boss.

“Here at home, lots of public funds are being spent on facilities but the cricket clubs, who are in many instances the custodians of these facilities, are left to survive on their own with little or no help.  

“We are happy that facilities are being developed for our people and we are asking that the clubs who develop the human capital by utilising these said facilities to develop people and communities, should also be assisted and empowered,” he added.