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Ganga:Ex-national captain ready for TTCB elections

sgtdjones 2019-01-11 10:42:19 

Ganga: Too much self-serving cricket officials
Ex-national captain ready for TTCB elections

FORMER national cricketer and TT Cricket Board (TTCB) member Daren Ganga has declared he wants to bring change to the board, ahead of the January 16 elections. Ganga said he is advocating for transparency and accountability in the TTCB. While remaining vague on which role he’ll be going up for, he said the elections aren’t about positions but philosophies and policies.

Ganga said, “I want to make it categorically clear, my focus and the focus of other people who support the philosophy we’ve put forward of a one club one vote (is for) democracy, transparency, good governance... that is what we focus on. We focus on making sure that developing cricket and cricketers (are) our highest priority.

With the Red Force’s poor performances continuing in the four-day format and a recent audit by ex-sponsor NGC pointing to irregularities, Ganga said these were red flags to factor in the elections. Despite the courts ruling in favour of the TTCB’s current governing set-up and overall legislation, Ganga said it wasn’t a loss because awareness and scrutiny fell on the board’s “archaic” mindset of operations.

He revealed Windies legend Brian Lara was also ready to aid the revival of TT cricket. “There are guys who are willing to help. Brian Lara has spoken to me and indicated he’s willing to assist [...]; why is the ultimate legend of the game not involved in our game, either at a regional level or a national level in some sort of sustainable manner? You can’t continue to serve the game without engaging persons who’ve been there, who’ve done that, and persons who are most recent in the game -- understanding where the game is at at this point in that and making sure they can translate that to the young players.” Ganga said.

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sgtdjones 2019-01-11 10:45:29 

Ok Narps

Elections round the korner

cool cool cool

sgtdjones 2019-01-11 10:55:48 

Audit into SporTT points at collusion

An ex­tend­ed in­ves­ti­ga­tion by ac­count­ing firm Price­Wa­ter­house­C­oop­ers (PWC) has re­vealed al­leged col­lu­sion be­tween for­mer Sportt Com­pa­ny Di­rec­tor Im­ran Jan and cur­rent T&T Crick­et Board pres­i­dent Az­im Bas­sarath.

The foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion ex­am­ined dozens of unau­tho­rised record­ings be­tween Jan, Bas­sarath, the then TTCB Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Su­ruj Ra­goonath, and pres­i­dent of the Mon­roe Road Sports Club, Manohar Ram­saran.

More than 3,000 record­ings were found on Jan’s com­pa­ny is­sued phone af­ter he was ter­mi­nat­ed from the SporTT Com­pa­ny in No­vem­ber 2017. Project Barcelona is part of a broad­er in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to pro­cure­ment and ex­pen­di­ture ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties at the SporTT Com­pa­ny which saw the ter­mi­na­tion of sev­er­al more em­ploy­ees in Ju­ly 2018.

The first key find­ing re­gard­ing the sus­pi­cious voice record­ings was that Jan “ap­peared to have been at­tempt­ing to in­flu­ence the pro­vi­sion of SporTT fund­ing to TTCB.” How­ev­er, the re­port in­di­cat­ed that for­mer chair­man of the SporTT Com­pa­ny, Di­nanath Ram­nar­ine “was pre­vent­ing the dis­tri­b­u­tion of fund­ing to TTCB.”

PWC’s re­port not­ed that Jan at­tempt­ed to ap­prove pay­ments to the TTCB by sign­ing ap­proval doc­u­ments “on three (3) sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions” for over quar­ter mil­lion dol­lars—a sum he did not have au­thor­i­ty to ap­prove. How­ev­er, the pay­ments nev­er man­u­fac­tured be­cause it didn’t get the re­quired ap­proval from the then chair­man.

In Oc­to­ber 2017, Jan was ap­point­ed as­sis­tant coach of the T&T Red Force team. Text mes­sages be­tween Jan and Bas­sarath ap­pear to sug­gest it was a re­ward for his ef­forts to in­flu­ence fund­ing to the TTCB. PWC’s re­port not­ed ref­er­ence was made by Bas­sarath to mov­ing Jan “to the front of the line.”

The news comes one week be­fore the TTCB’s elec­tions, which are due to take place on Jan­u­ary 16.

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Narper 2019-01-11 11:00:54 

In reply to sgtdjones

Off topic question....did Ganga lose his job after the Petrotrin refinery closure...I noticed he is a full time commentator now.

BTW who will pay the half million $ to TTCB that the court awarded? Ganga and Dinas?

sgtdjones 2019-01-11 11:02:28 

In reply to Narper

Yes .

He an his pal gats a consulting business fer players.


Check ya pm....

sgtdjones 2019-01-11 22:19:24 

In reply to Narper

Commentator is a part-time job Narps.

Ganga has other plans

cool cool cool

Narper 2019-01-14 12:02:02 

After election...what?

“A penchant for negative reporting and sensationalism has assumed the profile of an insidious campaign with the fourth estate being not unjustly accused of being embedded in the camp of the self-styled agitators pursuing the overthrow of the legally constituted cricket board.”

Like Azim Bassarath, who at the time of writing this yesterday afternoon has no challenger for the position of president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, so many of us seem to believe an election, any election, is a watershed moment necessitating the rhetoric he invoked in a media release on Friday to confirm his candidacy for re-election.


Narper 2019-01-14 12:02:50 

In reply to sgtdjones

Commentator is a part-time job Narps.

IPL and CPL and others he can make good money wink

azadtnt 2019-01-14 18:13:17 

In reply to sgtdjones

I’m in full agreement with Ganga’s comments. It’s time to break a failing status quo and revive the sport with good new faces and policies that would help develop the sport and players in T&T and the region. There are strong minded personnel’s/ex-players like Lara, Ganga, Bishop, Badree who have the knowledge, ability and experience to enhance the sport. I look forward to such a change.