Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wanderers boycott opening round

W Connection Wanderers sent the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) a strong message yesterday, boycotting the opening round of the Sunday League 50-over competition.

Wanderers did not turn up for their match against Merry Boys at Diego Martin Recreation Ground, effectively defaulting the game.

It is also unlikely that Wanderers will take the field today for their second round match against Seenath's Auto Bamboo Sports at their home base at Gilbert Park, California.

The move by Wanderers comes on the heels of a pre action protocol letter it sent to the TTCB on Thursday, signalling its intention to take the Board to court.

The letter was the latest development in an ongoing dispute between W Connection Wanderers and Alescon Comets which began after a washed out Premier Division match between the two sides in May last year.

Comets, who were in the relegation zone at the end of the 2012 season, got a lifeline when they protested the abandoned fixture against Wanderers at Gilbert Park and were awarded 24 points by the TTCB disciplinary committee.

Wanderers appealed that decision, and the TTCB tribunal overturned the ruling. Comets then appealed, and the matter went to arbitration where the Tribunal's ruling was overturned, ensuring that Comets stayed in the Premier Division for the 2013 season.

The TTCB confirmed receipt of the letter from Wanderers, and said it has been referred to the Board's lawyers.