THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) joins the rest of the national community in mourning the death of former President and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Arthur NR Robinson who passed away yesterday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 87-years-old.
Robinson died at the private St Clair Medical Hospital in Port-of-Spain, where he had been a patient since March 8. The Tobago-born politician served as patron of the T&TCB while president from 1997 to 2003. Robinson is the only person to serve as prime minister (1986-1991) and president of Trinidad and Tobago.
President of the T&TCB Azim Bassarath said he was saddened to learn of Mr Robinson’s passing although it came as no surprise following his recent bout of illness which caused his hospitalisation. “ANR Robinson was a colossus who strode the local, regional and international stage.
‘’His contribution to the politics of the country cannot be underestimated. He governed at a time when T&T was facing a crisis and he had the courage to make tough decisions regardless of the consequences to his popularity,” Bassarath said.
He said that on behalf of the T&TCB he wanted to extend his deepest condolences to Mr Robinson’s family. Bassarath said Mr Robinson also had the distinction of officially opening the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre at Balmain in Couva more than a decade ago when Alloy Lequay was president of the T&TCB.
Lequay, former president and CEO of the T&TCB, also commented on Robinson’s passing. He was a colleague in the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR), the political party that Robinson headed. “I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of Mr Robinson. I myself was a NAR Senator and knew Mr Robinson for many years and had an excellent relationship with him,” said Lequay.