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T&T Cricket Board meets on $$$ crisis

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Patrick Rampersad - NCL Representative Photo by:Roberto Codallo

The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) executive will meet today to discuss a proposal put forward by the National League Committee to re-structure the local cricket season.

Third vice-president of the TTCB, Patrick Rampersad told Guardian Media that the national league committee met and has put forward a proposal to the executive to change the structure of the domestic league because of two reasons. "There are two main reasons why the executive asked the national league committee to come up with proposals for the change in the structure of the domestic cricket. One is due to the inclement weather we have been having and clubs are unable to get their pitch ready for action and two is due to the financial crisis we are facing in the country at the moment."

The start of the 2018 domestic season was carded for January 27 and this has been postponed until after the carnival break. "The board has already made a decision to postpone the start of cricket until a date after carnival. This date has not yet been finalised, so clubs can't say for sure when the action will get going."

Rampersad who is also a member of the national league committee said, "The second reason is the financial crisis. We have not gotten the money we asked for from SPORTT and we have no major sponsor coming on board to help us with the national league matches." The TTCB had sent in a budget of $2.7M to SPORTT and received 10 percent of that, totalling $270,000.

The affable Rampersad wears many hats in this situation as he is also a club owner, as president of Merryboys cricket club which campaigns in the top flight of domestic cricket. He added :"Clubs are telling us that they are finding it difficult to find sponsors and even those sponsors they have are cutting their assistance by great margins. Even the village clubs are crying saying that the local grocery store that normally provided them with water and energy drinks are cutting back.

"In light of these complaints the board asked the national league committee to come up with a proposal and this they did, so we meet on that from 2pm today at the National Cricket Centre headquarters."

Yesterday Guardian Media reported that the TTCB had cut club subvention which was $35,000 for Premiership I club and $25,000 for a Premier II club and also the prize money.



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