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Local cricket mourns Patrick Rampersad
The cricket community was plunged into mourning yesterday with the sudden passing of Patrick Rampersad, the third vice-president of the T&T Cricket Board.
Rampersad, 60, succumbed after falling ill around midday at his office on Henry Street, Port-of-Spain. He was a prominent Customs Broker.
Affable and easy going, Rampersad was also the long-serving president and sponsor of Merryboys Cricket Club of Diego Martin, which plays in the top-flight National League, Premier I Division.
T&TCB president Azim Bassarath was visibly shaken by the tragic news which he said will have a profound effect on fellow executive members of the board.
"Patrick has been involved in top level cricket administration for close to 20 years and his passing will leave a void that will not be easy to fill. We are all saddened and shocked by the news," said Bassarath.
He described the former cricketer and self-made businessman as one of the most passionate lover of the game he has known, who was fiercely devoted to its growth and development.
He was also religiously committed to Merryboys which he carried on his broad shoulders and kept them in the ranks of the top clubs in the nation," said Bassarath.
Rampersad was also a local government representative as a member of the National Alliance for Reconstruction and served with distinction in the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.
Bassarath said Rampersad brought to the cricket board all of his wide experience in cricket, politics and business which helped in their deliberations and injected fresh thinking and ideas.
He said as a former chairman of the National League, Rampersad gave great service and made personal sacrifices to ensure cricket at the highest level was played interrupted and in an organised and disclipined manner.
"On behalf on the cricket board and the entire cricket community I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and family in this trying time," said Bassarath.
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