THE Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) is mourning the loss of its former administrative manager Rambhai Patel.
Patel, 67, passed away on Monday and was remembered as a hardworking and committed member of the national cricket community, who played an important role in the development of the game at the administrative level.
TTCB president Azim Bassarath yesterday extending his and the Board's sincerest condolences to Patel’s wife and family on his passing.
Bassarath said Patel was an extremely organised and focused individual who could be relied upon to do his duties without fanfare, but with a degree of efficiency that pointed to his years of experience.
“Rambhai loved cricket and he was devoted to the game here in T&T.
He was always ready to do what was right and made an impression on everyone he met,” said Bassarath.
Patel, a Chaguanas resident, was a holder of the Hummingbird Medal for his long and meritorious service to cricket.
He was also an integral part of the TTCB Central Zone for a number of years before joining the TTCB, where he served on the executive committee before his appointment as administrative manager.
Former long-serving head of the Central Zone Lalman Kowlessar said yesterday he was surprised to learn of Patel’s passing, saying he had recently returned from one of his frequent trips to India and was in good health.
“He had a few challenges over the past years but he was not ill. We remember him as a fantastic administrator who took his duties seriously. He was not in the frontline, but was the ultimate behind-the-scenes player,” said TTCB second vice-president Kowlessar.
He recalled that Patel was born in Gujurat, India and came by boat with his parents to T&T, and was known as one of the best watch repairmen in Central Trinidad before he devoted his life full time to cricket.
Patel was also secretary of the Central Zone Umpires Council for five years, and later became secretary of the TTCB Zonal Council (seven years), before becoming
He ended his service at the national level as administrative manager of the T&TCB when he retired several years ago. Patel's funeral is set for Friday at his Max Murphy Street, Chaguanas home from 10 a.m., and he will then be cremated at the Waterloo Cremation Site.
Kowlessar also announced that because of Patel’s funeral, Friday’s round of matches in the BGTT Under-19 competition has been postponed as a mark of respect for the former administrator.