Thursday, February 22, 2018

Khan: Record speaks for itself

“What is to be will be, life goes on.”

Omar Khan, long-serving manager of the Trinidad and Tobago cricket team was guarded but philosophical in his response to news report that he is to be replaced as manager of the national team.

Khan who has been T&T manager in two spells, from 2003 to 2008 and 2011 to the present time, is reportedly clated to give way to former Minister of Sport and TTCB CEO, Manohar Ramsaran following a weekend retreat by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB). Ramsaran’s appointment could be ratified at a meeting of the Board today.

Responding to the news of his likely replacement, Khan expressed disappointment at how the matter has unfolded.

“If that is the decision of the Board, I would have thought some discussion would have taken place,” he told the Express yesterday. If the Board is to operate according to normal business practices, out of courtesy, something should have been said (to me).”

Khan’s two periods with the “Red Force” have both been highly successful ones for the national team. Beginning in 2004 when they won the President’s Cup regional 50-over tournament, T&T have also been regional four-day champions, Stanford Twenty20 winners and Caribbean T20 champions three times, including three times in a row.

The T20 hat-trick, which allowed the national team to develop an international profile through its participation in the Champions League tournament, said Khan is his personal career highlight. “That is a fantastic achievement,” he said.

In particular, Khan noted that those Champions Trophy appearances gave the TTCB, “an opportunity to receive some funding in terms of the team’s participation.

“The record is there to be seen as my success rate as a manager,” he said. Not only that, but improving the younger players and helping them to become better persons.”

He ended by saying: “I have served the cricket and will always continue to serve the cricket with pride and passion.”

In related news, Lalman Kowlessar is tipped to replace Dudnath Ramkessoon as chairman of the national senior selection panel.