Saturday’s Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board national symposium titled “Critical Conversations” held at the Preysal Secondary School in central Trinidad was deemed a big success by TTCB first vice-president Dr Allen Sammy who said the Board will be taking into consideration all suggestions made.
The forum attracted a large turnout of cricket affiliates, enthusiasts, umpires, women’s federation officers, top zone representatives and a cadre of TTCB officials who came out to voice their concerns on the state of the local and regional game and make valuable suggestions on how to resolve issues currently facing the sport.
Sammy said he was pleased with the outcome of the symposium and that everything presented was recorded and will be put together and studied by the Symposium Committee.
“This will inform the TTCB’s Action Plan for 2014 when we attempt to aggressively address all the issues which have been so clearly enunciated here at the symposium.
“This is the first step in the process of consultation and effecting change in the execution of our mandate to govern in an effective way,” said Sammy.
He said the views expressed would be taken into consideration when a review of their Strategic Plan is done in the near future and whatever is decided will conform with the WICB’s “operationalistic plan.”
Sammy said it was important to chart the progress made in all areas and this could only be achieved by markers that could answer the important question of: Are we making our customers comfortable?
Among those who made their voices heard were First Citizens Clarke Road United coach Dasrath Maharaj, former Secondary Schools Cricket League president Sookoo Sonnylal, East Zone chairman Tarrandath Sammy, Ian Lalla of the Primary Schools Cricket League, Wesley Dookoo of the Secondary Schools League, Monica Hylton-Sobers of the Women’s Federation and John Hunte of the Umpires and Scorers Association.
The event was opened by TTCB president Azim Bassarath who in his short introductory speech emphasised the importance of cricket officials returning to the people to hear their views and suggestions and answer questions about the board’s activities.
“The cricket board depends on the input and feedback of its affiliates and the public at large as this will only help add value to the sport. Feel free to make your contribution and I give you the assurance that we are prepared to take our role as custodians of the game seriously and execute the board’s plans and programmes for the benefit of the nation,” said Bassarath.