Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Central Zone team, Balmain United Sports Club and some other clubs from the zone will be meeting with TTCB president Azim Bassarath today after the clubs were not accepted to participate in the Central Zone competitions for the 2013 season.
President of Balmain United, Mishri Lutchmedial claims that his club was not accepted to play in the zone because of non-payment of the registration fee.
"Our club was founded in 1943 and we have played every year since. We were never banned or kicked out of the Cricket Board competition. I don't know what the problem is this year."
Lutchmedial said each zone would normally send registration forms to clubs, but that this year there were no meetings and no forms were delivered to Balmain United.
Lutchmedial claimed that when the September 30 deadline for registering clubs for Central Zone competitions was approaching, he called the acting secretary, who assured him that he would submit a registration form on behalf of Balmain.
Lutchmedial admitted that the registration fee was not paid when the form was submitted, but insisted that he was willing to pay the fee, adding that he subsequently gave the vice chairman of the zone the money to register the club.
"The chairman said he is not accepting any form without money. For that you throwing out a club? I know that some National League clubs have not paid their registration fee as yet. Are they going to tell them they are not accepting them to play in the competition?" Lutchmedial asked.
"Cricket is not starting until next year so I don't see why they can't accept us," he added.
A Central Zone official confirmed that some clubs, including Balmain United, did not complete their registration by the September 30 deadline. He said that if clubs did not register by the deadline date, they would not be able to take part in the competition.
The Central Zone official also noted that 16 teams were registered for the 2013 season, as compared to the 20 registered for the 2012 season.
"We are not against the TTCB," Lutchmedial insisted.
"Our problem is with the Central Zone. Are they for cricket or against cricket? What they want all these young people to do now?" he asked.
"We went to the chairman of the zone and he could not help us, so I called the president (Azim Bassarath), and he has agreed to hear us out. At the end of the day we want to play cricket, and the youngsters should not be deprived."
Some South East Zone clubs also believe they are being unfairly treated. A St Julien United representative claimed that his team was banned for playing unregistered players during the 2012 season.
"We play for our youths, our community, and national pride. A team where more than half its players being under the age of 16 is being told that it cannot take part in TTCB cricket. This is not right. We have written to the TTCB, but we have not gotten any response from them as yet."