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Cricket symposium to point way forward

Tuesday, December 31 2013

THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Cricket Board is hoping for maximum participation when it hosts a national symposium on the game on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Preysal High School, Preysal, Couva.

The theme for the talkfest is “Critical Conversation” at which all stakeholders in the sport have been invited.

The symposium will officially get underway at 1 pm according to first vice- president of the TTCB, Dr Allen Sammy.

Dr Sammy, who along with Baldath Mahabir are two of the TT directors on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday that he expects everyone who has the future of the sport at heart will attend and have their views heard.

“It is important that all those who profess a love of the sport to come forward and contribute to the conversation which will point the way forward so that cricket will be best served,” said Dr Sammy.

The TTCB is keen to get their 2014 programmes up and running after the Azim Bassarath led Movement for Change swept the national executive elections on October 26.

And among the changes was Dr Sammy being elected first vice-president.

He replaced former national batsman Dudnath Ramkessoon who is now Director of Cricket Operations.

Dr Sammy has been very instrumental in the evolution of the TTCB into a truly national organisation responsive to the changing climate in the game both regionally and internationally.

He has also been praised for his role in pushing the agenda for the betterment of umpires and scorers and opening the way for the advancement of women cricketers around the Caribbean.

He is optimistic that all major stakeholders including those who did not support the Movement for Change in the last elections to embrace this opportunity to have their voices heard.

Dr Sammy said meaningful change must come from the ideas and plans that are fully ventilated and the symposium offers that opportunity for individual and groups to influence the way the TTCB does business.

TT have in the recent past dominated the shorter forms of the game including the regional T20 and 50-overs championship but has not captured the Regional Four-Day Tournament for some years.

Dr Sammy expects much debate on how the TTCB could reverse their fortunes in the 4DRT and exhorted everyone with an interest in how the sport is administrated locally to be present at Preysal on Saturday to have their say.

“It is only through dialogue that we can brainstorm and devise ways that are acceptable to all to enhance and develop the sport. The importance of the symposium should not be under-rated.

“It is not just a way to spend Saturday afternoon. We hope a serious conversation can take place and that ideas will flow from all quarters on how best to develop our cricket brand and keep moving forward,” said Dr Sammy.

He said in the new year cricket faces many big challenges and for the sport to survive and flourish, all must come together and work in unity towards national development and truly serve humanity through the game of cricket.

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