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Game of ‘Cricket politics’

Wednesday, March 2 2016

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EXECUTIVE member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Manohar Ramsaran yesterday backtracked on statements made to the Newsday concerning a Yahoo account implicated in an alleged email concerning off-spinner Sunil Narine.

Approximately two weeks ago, a screenshot of an email allegedly sent out to 10 top cricket official surfaced with account mramsaran2004@yahoo.

com among the recepients.

Ramsaran, a former Sports Minister, responding to Newsday questions on Monday said he never received an email from someone purporting to be an “Azim Bassarath” making disparaging comments about Narine’s bowling action as he had stopped using the email account mramsaran2004@yahoo.

com since 2007.

“That email address (mramsaran2004@yahoo.

com), when I was in Opposition between 2004-2007, I used that. 2007 when I retired, I retired that email.

“After that I had mramsaran- 1027cricket@gmail.com, then after that I had mramsarantdc@ tdc.gov.tt then I had this one that i have now (mransaran99@ gmail.com). I ain’t no big boy. I only use one email at a time,” he told Newsday on Monday.

Newsday, however, unearthed a February 14, 2015 TT CB email which was addressed to Ramsaran using that particular Yahoo acount. Several other cricketing personalities still use mramsaran2004@yahoo.com to reach Ramsaran.

Newsday sourced an alleged email from a TT CB official who on December 28, 2015 issued an invitation to its members to its End of Year Function at the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre, Couva.

The Secondary Schools Cricket League also emailed Ramsaran’s Yahoo address on Janaury 4 this year.

Newsday’s investigation also discovered that on July 15, 2013 Yahoo closed all accounts that had been inactive (not logged on to) for 12 months.

Therefore, once Ramsaran had not logged in to that account since 2007 it would be closed and emails to that address would not be delivered.

The TT CB did not explain why it was still sending emails to its current Central Zone chairman and former national team manager in an account which he did not possess and which he “had reason to change...some time ago and way before the alleged e-mails surfaced.” Additionally, yesterday’s press release said Ramsaran changed his email address early last year while also “emphatically discounted the connection made...

which alleged that a press release from the TT CB media officer sent to his old e-mail address sometime last year was received by him.” Newsday, however, never implied Ramsaran received, opened or saw the email, only stating: “Newsday can confirm that the TT CB was still using mramsaran2004@yahoo.com to reach Ramsaran up to February 14 last year.” The former national team manager also questioned the motive behind the alleged email and asserted that if Narine has a grouse with anyone it should be with the umpires who found his bowling action illegal and not the TT CB.

Indeed, he said, once the problem cropped up, the TT CB was the first to come forward and draft a plan of action to get the best remedial assistance necessary to help Narine correct the flaw in his bowling action.

“It was the TT CB with the support of the Ministry of Sport that sent Narine and Kevon Cooper to Australia, accompanied by national coach Kelvin Williams where he underwent a battery of tests and got expert help to bring him back in the game,” said Ramsaran.

He said the TT CB has allowed Narine to play in their 2016 National League competitions as he works to modify his bowling action in anticipation of a speedy return to the game.

Ramsaran said there can be no doubt that the TT CB, led by Bassarath has been in full support of the spinner and have done all within their power to ensure that he remains one of the most potent spin bowlers.

The top Central Zone official said that no amount of hand-wringing, or the manufacturing of fake e-mails to boost media speculation, should be made to distract from the primary objective, recognised by the TT CB, that every effort is being made to have the bowler correct his action and regain his place on the national and regional team.

“We emphatise with him but warn that he should resist every effort to be used as a pawn in an unfortunate game of cricket politics when he should be concentrating on correcting his bowling action in an effort to be back in action for the upcoming CPL T20,” said Ramsaran.

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