“A guiding light.”
That is how West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) vice president Emmanuel Nanton described the contributions of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), during the Board’s annual awards function, at the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce, in Couva, on Friday night.
Nanton was full of praise for the work done by the Azim Bassarath-led TTCB, and said that the other territories looked up to T&T because of what they have been able to achieve, especially on the international stage in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).
“To study the great contribution of this great nation of Trinidad and Tobago, let me say that tonight, in cricket in Trinidad and Tobago, I am well pleased.
“Trinidad and Tobago have provided for West Indies cricket the inspiration, the leadership, the excitement. In T&T, we at West Indies cricket, always look up to because we see an organisation that is strong, one that is solid and one that provides leadership.
“You are indeed and in fact a guiding light in West Indies cricket, as we try to light the flame and burn bright for the entire world to see.”
The WICB vice president also praised the work being done in the TTCB Academy in Balmain, Couva.
“You have your academy producing many young cricketers. It is a great programme with great talent and it is well managed and properly administrated by your cricket board.
“T&T means for us something that is strong and something that is solid.
“In today’s world,” Nanton continued, “when people do not look at what are the good things that you did and instead focus on the last thing you asked for and did not get, let me say that you in T&T have an organisation and a structure that we always find refreshing. It is not inward looking but one that provides an external foresight for all of us.
“You have shown us all around the Caribbean that Trinidad is worth looking at because you are doing well and you are reaping the fruits of hard work, commitment, dedication and discipline,” Nanton ended.