General Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Arjoon Ramlal has dismissed claims made by the South West Zone that its Zonal Regulations were recently adopted to give incumbent TTCB president Azim Bassarath another term in office.
Attorney Gerald Ramdeen, on behalf of the South West Zone, recently sent a a pre-action protocol letter sent to the TTCB complaining that the Board had introduced a completely regulations new document.
“The contention being made is made on a false premise, since the document referred to as the Zonal Regulations (has) been part of the board’s constitution since 1980,” Ramlal said in the press release.
He also made short shrift of the other South West complaint that the Zonal Regulations, which allow outgoing officers a vote in the national executive annual general meeting, is in contravention of the board’s constitution.
Ramlal also refuted the allegation that the Zonal Regulations were not discussed by the zonal representatives and the board and were recently added to the board’s constitution to give the incumbent executive an unfair advantage in upcoming elections.
“The Zonal Regulations were discussed at a meeting to which all zonal officers were invited on June 25 at the National Cricket Centre at Balmain,” said Ramlal. He said the zonal representatives participated in a review of the document and it was approved and referred to the board’s executive.
“The Zonal Regulations have been used since 1980 and as recently as 2011 when outgoing officers voted in zonal annual general meetings, including South West Zone. The two articles contended by South West have not been changed as alleged,” Ramlal emphasised.
Facing a challenge from a group headed by former T&T players Dinanath Ramnarine and Daren Danga, the local cricket chief also criticised the newspaper coverage of the board’s position on cricket issues and term it “one-sided.”
“The board is being portrayed in a negative light with curious frequency. Our releases are not being printed and the board is being reported on only when accusations are made against it and when it is convenient to do so,” said Bassarath.