TTCB: Government had to bid
The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board has sought to further explain why T&T missed the deadline date for bidding to host one of the England Tests next year. In a press release issued by the TTCB on Tuesday, it stated that it was the governments and not the territorial cricket boards that were asked to make bids.
On Monday, the WICB announced that Antigua's Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Grenada's National Stadium and Kensington Oval in Barbados, will host the three West Indies Tests against England next April and WICB CEO Michael Muirhead also confirmed that "Trinidad did not vie for it."
In the media release, the TTCB stated that the WICB sent the bid documents directly to the Prime Ministers’ office of the respective countries, and that the T&T Prime Minister directed the documents to the Ministry of Sport to follow up on the bidding.
According to the TTCB, they were unable to reach the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Sport and when they found out no bid was sent to the WICB, they asked for an extension on the deadline which was granted.
The TTCB then tried to get the Ministry of Tourism involved, but no guarantee was provided to the board and no bid was made.
Below is the full TTCB press release:
"The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) wishes to advise the public that England will not be playing any Test matches in Trinidad on their 2015 Caribbean tour. Governments and not territorial cricket boards were asked to bid for the rights to host the English team with the West Indies Cricket Board sending bid documents directly to the respective Prime Minister's Office. In T&T's case the TTCB was informed upon enquiry that the PM had directed the documents to the Ministry of Sport for it to follow up with the bidding.
Efforts by the TTCB to reach the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Sport on this matter were futile. The TTCB contacted the WICB to find out if in fact a T&T bid was sent in to which a negative response was received. The TTCB asked the WICB to extend the deadline for bid submission and tried to get the Ministry of Tourism to make the bid or at least provide the necessary government's guarantee which must accompany any bid being sent by the TTCB. The WICB did extend the deadline but no government guarantee was provided to the TTCB. Consequently, no bids were sent in. The government guarantee included exemption from taxes, a custom and an immigration guarantee. These could not have been provided by the TTCB."