THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Cricket Board has categorically denied that the West Indies Cricket Board has held any meaningful discussions with them concerning the hosting of a town-hall meeting of local stakeholders.
This response from the TTCB contradicts a media release by the WICB on August 22 which alleges that “efforts to host a meeting in T&T could not be finalised as far back as June 2015 when the president’s office made contact.”
The WICB was responding to comments last week made by third vice-president of the TTCB Patrick Rampersad who chided the WICB and its president Wycliffe “Dave” Cameron for bypassing TT in their planned series of meetings which have already been held in St Lucia, Dominica, Guyana and Jamaica.
In their latest media release the WICB stated that their next town-hall meeting will be staged in Antigua “on a date to be announced” but again no mention was made of the TT leg, which has raised serious concerns about the level of respect and courtesy being afforded the local cricket organisation.
It has become the modern equivalent of a long-forgotten timeless Test.
It is ten months since West Indies players, disgruntled over terms of their contracts, packed their kit bags and prematurely ended their scheduled tour of India.
Stating that the West Indies Cricket Board had given it "a binding commitment" for nine matches to be played, an angry BCCI presented it with an itemised compensation claim for US$41.97 million for its "unilateral cancellation" of the series. It covered the loss of media rights fees; title, team, kit and stadia sponsorships; and ticket revenue.
For an organisation advised in the last annual report of its auditors that "the existence of a material uncertainty may cast significant doubt about the board's ability to continue as a going concern", it was a clearly impossible ultimatum.
In a letter to the BCCI proposing what it called "a grand settlement", secretary-general Irwin Larocque of Caricom, the association of 15 Caribbean governments, reiterated the point. "I should let you know that the reality is that the WICB is on the verge of insolvency and the BCCI claim simply cannot be met in whole or in part," he wrote, adding that the Caricom governments "do not intend to allocate any financial resources to this resolution".
WICB to host Town Hall Meetings in Trinidad and Leeward Islands
Sat, Aug 22, '15
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The series of West Indies Cricket Board town-hall meetings hosted by President Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron and Vice President Emmanuel Nanthan are still to be hosted in two main territories, Trinidad & Tobago and Leeward Islands.
As announced after the meeting on August 7 in Jamaica, the next meeting is due in Antigua on a date to be announced.
Efforts to host a meeting in the T&T could not be finalised from as far back as June 2015 when the President’s office made contact.
In a letter dated June 22 addressed to Cameron, from General Secretary, T&TCB, Arjoon Ramlal, the letter, which is attached, outlines an inability for the T&T affiliates to agree to a location to the benefit of what the town hall meeting was to achieve.
The President while visiting for the Caribbean Premier League final, agreed to return to a venue and time suitable for all affiliates.
Jason Mohammed disciplined under WICB Code of Conduct
Fri, Aug 21, '15
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Disciplinary Tribunal of the West Indies Cricket Board announced today that Trinidad & Tobago batsman Jason Mohammed has been penalised under the WICB’s Code of Conduct.
Mohammed has been banned for the first two matches of the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament, stemming from a breach of the WICB Code of Conduct earlier this year.
In handing down the decision, the Tribunal said it did not consider that the ban would affect Mohammed’s eligibility for selection to the senior West Indies team.
Mohammed was charged with and pleaded guilty to dissent. Ordinarily, merely showing dissent is a Level 1 offence under the Code of Conduct.
The pair met during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament in Barbados but on that occasion Bravo said that the conditions were not right to return. Bravo and Keiron Pollard have been sidelined since the aborted tour of India last October. Bravo was removed as captain of the ODI team and lost his place in the side. Pollard also lost his place but both were selected in a T20 series against South Africa earlier this year, prior to the ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.