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Narine accuses TTCB of trying to end his career; wants investigation into email

The following is a statement by West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago cricket star Sunil Narine, which is in response to an unflattering email—allegedly sent by Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president Azim Bassarath—about his bowling action and shared with Wired868 by I95.5FM journalist, Andre Baptiste:

Photo: West Indies spinner Sunil Narine prepares to bowl against New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton on December 21, 2013. (Copyright AFP 2014 / Michael Bradley)
Photo: West Indies spinner Sunil Narine prepares to bowl against New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton on December 21, 2013. (Copyright AFP 2014 / Michael Bradley)

I am Sunil Narine, a professional cricketer based in Trinidad & Tobago.

I want to make it known that as a result of the publicity surrounding the alleged emails between Mr Azim Bassarath and other Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) members regarding myself, I have lodged a complaint with the National League Representatives (NLR) and have requested an independent investigation into the matter.

Whilst I have become frustrated of late and it remains harder and harder to keep faith, trust and confidence, when I see emails between Board members on valid and well-known addresses to me and when the alleged authors of these emails deny they sent them, I feel I deserve an explanation as to how they came in to existence.

Who sent them?

I also feel that if indeed the emails were sent by the alleged authors then the ramifications for the TTCB as a credible organisation are significant. Hence why I have called for an independent investigation.

To aid the NLR I have provided them with the following information.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Sunil Narine (centre) during his stint with the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Sunil Narine (centre) during his stint with the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

1. On Sunday November 29, 2015, while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) I was informed by the ICC that I was suspended from bowling from not only in international cricket but also all professional cricket outside of the West Indies with immediate effect. I left Dhaka that same night.

2. It was a time of extreme stress for me and I was grateful when on the next day, November 30, 2015, I received an email from Suruj Ragoonath, the CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board which contained the promise to provide me “with all the necessary support” and invited me to a meeting to discuss how the TTCB could assist me and to get an idea of the support I would require.

3. I did not question the validity or source of the email and the addresses to which it was copied since over the past few years I had interacted frequently with those addresses and in my subsequent responses, interaction or communication with those people whose email addresses these were supposed to be, there was never any question from them or doubt in my mind that these were in fact the valid emails of those persons.

This particular email was copied to the email address that I had for the President of the TTCB, Mr Azim Bassarath (azim bassarath <azim.bassarath@yahoo.com>).

4. I never heard from the CEO or the TTCB on this specific offer again. Fortunately however, I have received several offers of assistance in the past and give credit to the previous WIPA management, KKR, QPCC and the Trinidad and Tobago Government in particular.

Photo: Australian captain George Bailey (right) avoids a run-out by West Indies cricketer Sunil Narine during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament Group 2 cricket match between Australia and West Indies at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on 28 March 2014.  (Copyright AFP 2016/Munir uz Zaman)
Photo: Australian captain George Bailey (right) avoids a run-out by West Indies cricketer Sunil Narine during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament Group 2 cricket match between Australia and West Indies at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on 28 March 2014.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Munir uz Zaman)

5. Mr Ragoonath called me in early December asking me if I was available to play in the Nagico Super 50 tournament scheduled for early 2016.

6. I never heard from Mr Ragoonath again until December 18, 2015 when he emailed me to inform me that the WICB would not allow any person who is debarred by the ICC to participate in regional tournaments until cleared and that the TTCB had withdrawn me from the squad. He offered his commiserations.

7. It was hugely disappointing the time when I was denied entry in to the Players Enclosure during the Nagico tournament and yes it was deeply embarrassing, especially when another West Indies colleague of mine, also a Trinidad and Tobago national, was allowed to stay, but that was not the main reason I declined to attend a reception to celebrate the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force victory.

The invitation was emailed to me by Mr Azim Bassarath (Azim Bassarath <azim.bassarath@yahoo.com>) on 27 January 2016 at 6:12:11 PM GMT-4 and asked that I should reply to Azim Bassarath <azim.bassarath@yahoo.com>.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president Azim Bassarath. (Courtesy TTCB)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president Azim Bassarath.
(Courtesy TTCB)

8. Although I strongly supported the Red Force team and was extremely happy that it had won the tournament, part of my concern resulted from a point made in the same Newsday article of January 21, 2015. The article said, “A day after news broke of a possible local club cricket ban for the Arimian, Narine was yesterday stopped by security during the Red Force innings as he approached the enclosure.”

I was totally unaware that such a move was intended or being made and had it happened it could have ended my career and livelihood as a professional cricketer. It also wouldn’t make sense bearing in mind TTCB had asked me about my availability to play for Trinidad and Tobago not long before.

How could they want to then support a policy banning me from playing club cricket?

9. I did in fact receive confirmation that at a meeting in which the President of the TTCB was present, there was a move to prevent me from bowling at the national level for my club, Queen’s Park, which has been extremely supportive of my rehabilitation effort.

I understand that an attempt was made to change the rules of the national tournament to prevent players suspended by the ICC from participating at the national level.

Photo: Sunil Narine (far lest) and the West Indies team celebrate their World T20 success in 2012. (Courtesy khelnama.com)
Photo: Sunil Narine (far lest) and the West Indies team celebrate their World T20 success in 2012.
(Courtesy khelnama.com)

10. I was therefore not surprised but extremely disappointed and saddened when I saw an email from the address that I have always thought to be that of the TTCB President, Mr Azim Bassarath to the address that I associate with TTCB Executive Member Baldath Mahabir and copied to addresses belonging to other TTCB Executive Members and cricket officials accusing me of “pelting” and “who will he turn to now.”

11. This happened on November 29, 2015, immediately after the ICC sent out a news release on my being suspended and on the same day that Mr Ragoonath sent me the offer of support by the TTCB.

12. In fact, if indeed the letter came from Mr Bassarath and I have to stress the ‘if’ right now, it seems that he must have long believed that my bowling action was illegal, and there was such venom and almost joy in my being suspended that was evident in the email which said, “Let him start to Bowl !!!!!! He was not turning much in d first place!!!!! Straight ball and faster one all the time. !!!! PELTING !!!!!!!”

13. I am now left with little other option but to think that the TTCB’s lack of interest regarding my remedial work, barring me from the player’s enclosure and trying to end my local career were all deliberate actions.

14. I am also grateful to the CEO of the WICB, Mr Ragoonath, who made the offer of help and support to me but it is clear now that steps may have been taken to withdraw the offer without letting me know that it was no longer on the table.

Photo: West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago spinner Sunil Narine. (Courtesy WICB/Ashley Allen)
Photo: West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago spinner Sunil Narine.
(Courtesy WICB/Ashley Allen)

15. I have done my best for Trinidad and Tobago and by performing at the highest levels brought recognition and respect for our cricket and, by extension, the TTCB which also profited from the fees paid by the clubs I represented in numerous global competitions.

16. I feel a little betrayed by the TTCB and Members of the Executive at the moment. Fortunately, there are many of my fellow citizens, my family, friends, colleagues and supporters throughout the country, region, the Diaspora and around the world who strongly support me and are confident that I will be back again performing at my best at the highest levels of the game.

17. I note that Dr Allen Sammy has recently denied receiving the email sent by azim.bassarath@yahoo.com on November 29th, 2015. However, in the chain of emails that I have seen it has the email address that I know through official correspondence of the TTCB to be the official email address of Dr Allen Sammy <chairmansammy@yahoo.com.

18. Even though I seem to have been denied natural justice by the writer of the email which accused me of “pelting”, I believe that an independent investigation should be undertaken to determine, if it was not Mr Bassarath himself, who indeed was the person who sent the emails using Mr Bassarath’s known and familiar email address as well as Mr Baldath Mahabir.

Photo: West Indies cricket fans.
Photo: West Indies cricket fans.

19. After the said emails was made public, I was informed by the Manager of the Queen’s Park Cricket Team, Mr Jeffrey Guillen who spoke to several Members of the TTCB who were copied on the said email and they confirmed receipt of the emails and the authenticity of the email addresses in the chain of emails on November 29th, 2015. He told me that he thanked them for their honesty.

20. As I stated before, I have taken my case and my cause to the National League Representatives and am now depending on them and the TTCB of which they are a part, to put a process in place that is transparent, fair and objective and if possible to get the necessary technical and Information Technology support to verify whether this was indeed sent by the person whose address it is <azim.bassarath@yahoo.com> and other persons in question in this matter.

I look forward to positive and decisive action on these matters that I have raised and by stating everything here I now leave it to be handled by the National League Representatives and wish to say no more publicly.

I look forward to the continued support of the media.

Regards,

Sunil Narine

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago spinner Sunil Narine.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago spinner Sunil Narine.

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  1. you mean to say I miss FB for 3 weeks and all this goes down?

  2. Looking to see what Narine and his agent does next. TTCB was never going to meet with NLR

  3. One of the best written legal letters I have ever seen. Brilliant.

  4. Is writing an email an action or a word?

  5. Lying is one issue which, by itself, is major. Whether the TTCB is sympathetic to Sunil or helped him is not the problem. Did the President send the email. Did it come to Manohar etc. The man has been found lying and should not be allowed to change the topic. To think that he was a Minister of Government!!!! He should take the “Mano” out of his name and change it to “Poo”

  6. http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,224757.html

    Loving this story by top dawg Stephon Nicholas haha

    Game of ‘Cricket politics’
    Wednesday, March 2 2016

    click on pic to zoom in

    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.

  7. To quote the TTCB – “top central cricket official” also tries to cover his tracks smh

    http://ttcb.co.tt/redforce/ramsaran-alleged-e-mail-a-distraction/

  8. Full version of Allen Sammy’s attempts to cover his tracks

    Dr Allen Sammy, 1st vice-president of the TTCB, clarified yesterday that he did respond to an November 29 e-mail from TTCB president Azim Bassarath which contained an website link to the ESPNCricinfo story entitled “Narine suspended from bowling after action found illegal.”
    However, the long-serving cricket administrator maintained he denies receiving any e-mail purported to be from Bassarath that maligned the embattled West Indies spinner and accused him of “pelting”.
    The Daily Express received an November 29 e-mail thread from Sammy which replied to Bassarath and copied to the ten other TTCB executives in which Sammy stated: “Need to make a release Boss. The bigger picture right now is player support at least for the Red Force crew. Maybe it can be along the lines of ‘plenty high quality cricket left in him and we will work assiduously to address his action’. Actually secure the Loughborough report and let Kello (Kelvin Williams) and Willie (David Williams) call him in.”
    Sammy acknowledged he did send that e-mail. “I was saying there is a lot of positive and I was saying as a Board we need to be positive about dealing with the situation.” But on the issue of the screen shot of another e-mail, also dated November 29 and allegedly sent out to 11 cricket officials, including the alleged e-mail of Sammy, showing someone purporting to be “Azim Bassarath”, Sammy categorically denied receiving that e-mail.
    “At that time, I did not receive this alleged “pelting” e-mail, I did not know what it was about but subsequently I received a copy of the email like I supposed hundreds (of people) have,” Sammy said when pressed. That alleged e-mail stated: “Let him start to Bowl !!!!!! He was not turning much in d first place!!!!! Straight ball and faster one all the time. !!!! PELTING !!!!!!!”.
    Bassarath has already publicly denied sending this e-mail, indicating he would seek legal recourse if the e-mail was attributed to him. In an e-mail to the six national league representatives last Friday, Narine asked for an independent investigation into the “pelting” e-mail circulating on social media for the last ten days which concerns his bowling action.
    In his letter, Narine outlined a series of “unfortunate events” — including being found ineligible that same month by WICB, then denied entry into the players’ enclosure during the Nagico Tournament by security — he was forced to endure.
    The bowling suspension, levied by the International Cricket Council (ICC), bars him from all international cricket and occurred while he was playing in the Bangladesh Premier League on November 29, 2015.

  9. Once it says that BassaRAT has been fired or let go or he resign and all his blind mice friends!! i will breathe a sigh just a sigh of relief!! until i see better!! from who ever takes over

  10. The National League has spoken….

    Monday, February 29, 2016
    Mr. Arjoon Ramlal
    Secretary
    Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB)
    Balmain,
    Couva
    Dear Mr. Ramlal,
    On February 26, 2015, the National League Representatives (NLR) of the Trinidad and Tobago
    Cricket Board (TTCB) received a request from one of our international and national cricketers,
    Mr. Sunil Narine, requesting our intervention in a matter involving him and the TTCB, with
    specific reference to the President, Mr. Azim Bassarath, and an email with Mr. Bassarath’s
    address which mocked Mr. Narine at a time when he needed the total support of all the TTCB’s
    members and stakeholders. In addition, we also note the contents of the emails in response to
    Mr. Bassarath’s two emails sent on November 29th 2015 by an email address belonging to Mr.
    Baldath Mahabir and Dr. Allen Sammy.
    Following a meeting convene by members of the National League Representatives last evening
    (February 29th), the members of the NLR’s are of the view this as an extremely serious
    responsibility that has been thrust on us and intend to ensure that it is carried out with the fullest
    objectivity and transparency. Additionally, we do not wish our pursuit of the truth to be tainted
    by any appearance or allegations of impropriety, witch-hunting or personal vendettas. This is an
    extremely sensitive matter and we do not wish to impose any further emotional burden on Mr.
    Narine. He is going through a difficult and traumatic period in his life and career and we all
    need to deal with this issue with the utmost discretion and fairness.
    We know that we cannot change the past but together we can take steps to ensure the right
    precedent is set. Mr. Narine as well as any other player, should not be subject to what seems on
    the surface to be a personal attack by the President of the TTCB and other members of the TTCB
    Executives. Mr. Narine also alludes to two other matters:
    1. He was denied entry to the Players’ Enclosure during the Nagico Tournament after
    having been allowed on two previous occasions to enter coupled with the fact that
    another T&T and West Indies player was allowed to enter and remain in the Enclosure.
    2. There was an attempt made to change the rules regarding his eligibility to bowl in
    national tournaments organized by the TTCB.
    The NLR views these matters seriously as they have the potential to bring the TTCB into
    disrepute, an organization which is sacrosanct in its own right having been constituted by an Act
    of Parliament Act No. 34 of 1989. As elected members of the TTCB we strive to uphold the
    principles of good governance and measure success based on the benchmark of what is
    considered best practice in sport administration. In this particular matter, we must fulfill our
    fiduciary duty and recommend a course of action which is fair, credible, transparent and
    equitable to both parties. This is in keeping with request conveyed to us by Mr. Narine for an
    independent investigation into this matter.
    In light of the above, we are seeking an opportunity to discuss a suitable list of persons or panel
    acceptable to all who will conduct, with our support (for both the NLR and the TTCB) an
    investigation of the matters raised and make pronouncements on same for the greater good of the
    TTCB and the sport of cricket in general. We also hope that the outcomes of said investigations
    will allow for any breach/es to be dealt with in accordance with the constitution of the TTCB and
    the laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
    We would like to propose that meet on Friday 4th March 2015 at 10am at the TTCB’s offices in
    Couva or in Port of Spain whichever is more convenient to you.
    We look forward to your urgent response to our letter.
    Respectfully,
    (not signed when electronically sent)
    Elected Members of National League Representatives
    Mr. Dinanath Ramnarine
    Mr. Daren Ganga.
    Mr. Gile Antoine
    Mr. Anil Kamal
    Mr. Clint Pamphille
    Mr. Andre Lawrence
    cc All Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB)

  11. http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2016-03-01/%E2%80%8Bqp-manager-wants-bassarath-go

    QP manager wants Bassarath to go

    Queen’s Park manager Jeffrey Guillen is calling on president of the T&T Cricket Board (T&TCB) Azim Bassarath to resign if it is proven that comments made on Sunil Narine’s bowling action which has been circulated via e-mail were made by him.

    Guillen said the comments re Narine’s bowling action which were copied to the entire executive of the T&TCB from a confirmed and known e-mail address were in his view, unbecoming of a president. “Nevertheless, what’s much more disturbing was his published denial via a press release on Sunday where he disassociated himself from the alleged e- mail and reserved the right to legal recourse.”

    Guillen said one of the most important qualities of a leader was integrity. “We must at all times hold our leaders to the highest standards. We must all agree on the importance of complete honesty in everything they all do, both internally and externally. The core of integrity is truthfulness.”

    Guillen said he noticed that Baldath Mahabir, an executive member of TTCB and former director of the WICB and a respondent of the initial e-mail has remained silent. “Dr Allan Sammy, also a former director of WICB has been quoted in the Newsday last week that he was not in receipt of such an e-mail. I trust and urge him to recheck carefully before his integrity is seriously questioned.”

    Guillen said many have confirmed from where the e-mails came. “I would like to sincerely thank them for their honestly.”

    He said Basarath’s denial may have compromised the entire executive of the TTCB and put them in a very tenuous position. “As a result, he must do the honourable thing and resign forthwith. Short of that, the executive despite their loyalty will have to act to preserve the integrity of the TTCB.”

    Guillen stated that in an environment where various sports are competing for sponsorship and given the history and record of the TTCB, the integrity of the institution must always be of paramount importance than any individual.

  12. Love the lies in this one…

    http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,224740.html

    Email mystery continues
    By JOEL BAILEY Tuesday, March 1 2016

    click on pic to zoom in

    OFFICIALS from the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) yesterday responded to questions by the Newsday regarding the e-mail which was allegedly sent to them from someone purporting to be an “Azim Bassarath”, concerning the bowling action of Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine.

    The supposed e-mail was a response to a story on Cricinfo last November on the suspension of the spinner for a suspected illegal bowling action and was critical of Narine’s bowling action.

    Azim Bassarath, president of the TT CB, has already denied sending the email which was allegedly sent to 10 cricket officials and stated: “let him start to bowl!!! He was not turning much in (the) first place!!!” Yesterday, a number of the officials whose names were mentioned on the alleged e-mail either claimed little knowledge or had no comment to make on the matter.

    TT CB executive member Manohar Ramsaran stressed, ‘I don’t have that e-mail (address), my e-mail address is mramsaran99@ gmail.com.” The former national team manager continued, “I’ve heard that rumours (about the alleged e-mail).

    I don’t know if someone was up to mischief (but) I didn’t receive it.” “That email address (mramsaran2004@ yahoo.com), up to 2007 I used that,” said Ramsaran. “I ain’t no big boy. I only use one e-mail at a time.” However, Newsday can confirm that the TT CB was still using mramsaran2004@yahoo.com to reach Ramsaran up to February 14 last year. A media release titled “Ramsaran: Baldath, Garner perfect fit for WI cricket” was sent out from the TT CB media officer and also addressed to that account.

    Asked about the Board’s relationship with Narine, Ramsaran replied: “My interaction with Sunil Narine, when I was the manager of the national team, was extremely cordial. At no time I had any problem with him.” The ex-Sports Minister added, “as far as I know, the Board always treats him well.” Another official contacted was Lalman Kowlessar, the TT CB second vice-president.

    “My e-mail has not been working for the longest while,” he said.

    “I don’t put much (emphasis) to e-mails and stuff. I have e-mails for weeks (and) months and I don’t open them.” He continued, “to be honest I have not seen the e-mail, from what I heard it was sent to me. I spoke to (Bassarath on Sunday) on it and he told me that he didn’t send it. I don’t know how true that is. I’m still in the dark.” Kowlessar continued, “I spoke to Sunil Narine (on Sunday) about it and I told him the same thing, that I didn’t see it.” The veteran coach and administrator also admitted he was not too tech savvy, “when the Board sends e-mails, for example invitations to functions for meetings, eventually they have to call me on the phone.” TT CB third vice-president Patrick Rampersad, when reached for clarification, responded, “I wouldn’t comment on it today” while executive member Tarandath Sammy simply said, “no comment.” TT CB 1st vice-president Dr Allen Sammy had previously said he can’t recall ever receiving such an email. Efforts to contact TT CB CEO Suruj Ragoonath proved unsuccessful while Executive Ann Browne-John is in South Africa with the Windies women.

  13. Local media all over TTCB on this today

    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160229/sports/dr-sammy-clears-air-on-e-mail-saga

    Dr Allen Sammy, 1st vice-president of the TTCB, clarified yesterday that he did respond to an November 29 e-mail from TTCB president Azim Bassarath which contained an website link to the ESPNCricinfo story entitled “Narine suspended from bowling after action found illegal.”

    However, the long-serving cricket administrator maintained he denies receiving any e-mail purported to be from Bassarath that maligned the embattled West Indies spinner and accused him of “pelting”.

    The Daily Express received an November 29 e-mail thread from Sammy which replied to Bassarath and copied to the ten other TTCB executives in which Sammy stated: “Need to make a release Boss. The bigger picture right now is player support at least for the Red Force crew. Maybe it can be along the lines of ‘plenty high quality cricket left in him and we will work assiduously to address his action’. Actually secure the Loughborough report and let Kello (Kelvin Williams) and Willie (David Williams) call him in.”

  14. By the way. Is he pelting or not?

  15. It’s amazing how we collectively can allow officials to have more say than the men who play the game. Same for West Indies cricket. PM Rowley has shown his intestinal AND testicular fortitude to finally do what none had done before!

  16. We need to protect our own…..Sunil is from TrinidadandTobago…….whats d matter with Bass……i was told he isnt fair in his judgement a long time ago….and its really emerging…….

  17. Once they can’t dictate to a player,they will take every opportunity to sabotage,malign and ultimately destroy their careers.

  18. This crap axing of Ramdin as TT captain after the India pull out has started TTCBs fall under the Bassrath regime over the 15 months from the most highly respected board in Caribbean to equally as bad as sick boards in Guyana & Leewards

  19. Investigate and let the cards fall where they may!

  20. As Narine’s agent stated, this is the key part of this issue to focus on despite what Ragoonath trying to say:

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    Eddie Tolchard, Narine’s agent from Sports Management Company Insignia Sports International, which also represents Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Smith and Kevon Cooper – elaborated further what is at stake in this investigation.

    “It’s fair to say that Sunil has had a bit of a rough time over the last few months but they are things he can handle and take on the chin,” he said. “Such as his action – he’s been working tirelessly over the past few months, taking the right advice and tuition and the funny thing is as a result of this he might be coming back as an even better bowler with more variation. So we take positives from it rather than be despondent.

    “And whilst he might feel a little let down with regards to some recent goings on in Trinidad, he would have let things pass if the email ‘scandal’ hadn’t erupted. Sunil is concerned it may be swept under the carpet and nothing more heard about it. There are two ways of looking at it and neither are pretty for the TTCB.”

    Tolchard felt that the TTCB should be concerned about the security of important documents as Bassarath claimed he didn’t start the email. “If Azim Bassarath didn’t start the emails, as he has stated, then TTCB should be horrified that someone has hacked a TTCB executive’s account because who knows what private and confidential emails and documents have been seen and copied,” he said. “That should be a major concern as no doubt more mischief will be forthcoming if that’s the case, with possibly leak after leak coming.

    “And that’s probably the prettiest result for the TTCB as the other possibility probably doesn’t need commenting on. Sunil just wants it looked in to and the National League Representatives are confident of handling it competently and effectively.”

  21. http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,224604.html

    Ragoonath: TTCB have always supported Narine
    By JOEL BAILEY Saturday, February 27 2016

    Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TT CB) CEO Suruj Ragoonath hinted there may be a hidden agenda in yesterday’s release of a letter which was sent out to the media on behalf of ace TT and West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine, who claimed to “have lodged a complaint with the National League Representatives and requested an independent investigation” over an alleged email among cricket officials regarding Narine.

    The 27-year-old is undergoing remedial work on his troublesome bowling action, which resulted in the world’s cricket governing body ICC (International Cricket Council) banning him from bowling at the international circuit for the foreseeable future.

    TT CB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Suruj Ragoonath, in an interview at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, said, “I have no comment to make on the matter.

    I’ve only now seen the e-mail as well and I’m sure the Board will make a statement in due course.” Ragoonath, the former TT and Windies opening batsman, added, “I have no comment to make with regards to what route he decides to take, if it is he is deciding to take or if it is somebody else who is deciding for him.

    “That, in itself, is not something that I’ll like to comment on.” The TT CB has publicly stated their support of Narine in the past and Ragoonath was asked if he deemed yesterday’s letter on Narine’s behalf as an indication of ingratitude.

    “The Board has been supportive and this issue is tending to think otherwise,” the TT CB CEO replied.

    “So you (can) put two and two together and determine what is right and what is not.

    “The Board has, in addition to me writing to Sunil and asking him for a meeting (but) he never accepted the offer, which was his prerogative. We had a discussion following the e-mail as well when he told me he got the e-mail (which the TT CB sent him) and he was grateful that we had written to him.

    “We also have allowed and have given Kelvin Williams, the (TT Red Force) assistant coach and our bowling coach the opportunity to work with (Narine) at our expense.

    That has been going on for years now.” Ragoonath continued, “we were also involved when Sunil had his issues (and he had to) go to Australia, and with Queen’s Park in their efforts to bring down (Carl) Crowe from England to assist him.

    Sunil has also been playing in the National League, which is part of that remedial process. There was a dialogue that took place.

    “All and all, there are a lot of contradictions that are taking place with that e-mail which was just released. That is a matter for the Board to deal with and I don’t want to comment on that per se. All I can (say) is that the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board has done for Sunil, and that actions speaks louder than words.”

  22. Mel, you just have to close your eyes and picture the dynamics of a work environment where the star employee and employer both despise each other.
    We have to bear that in mind.
    Who can thrive in such an environment?

  23. Lasana this entire thing is a little too much
    There’s nothing to say.
    I’d just like to ignore this entire thing and hope to see Sunil on the field soon

  24. Lasana I usually enjoy reading the views posted here.Why are you upsetting me with these two articles?:-).As an avid sports fan I am so fed up with these administrators!!

  25. Pouchet! Well said!! Pussified for true. You know what is close to a pussy? Barbados Cricket would NOT be what is is if we had a MAN as P.M……ditto with the Judicial “system”. Ditto with anyting the politicians put their dirty hands on..

  26. Seems these executives have a problem with talented sportsmen – maybe its sour grapes because they seem to have a vendetta against several of the Trini players i.e. Narine, Brave, Pollard etc. Hope that Narine succeeds in this effort.

  27. So these so called professionals at ttcb …..use a yahoo address for their professional communications? (Which is not in doubt) …..bunch of jackasses

  28. Malinga’s bowling looks like pelting to me. So why no concern about that.

  29. If this article is correct .They must go.

  30. But yet the Minister of Sport gave him money to “fix his bowling action”. Since when has our country become so pussified?

  31. The investigation should be into the power of the IPL to dictate to the ICC who should be suspended

  32. It is not only the TTCB it is any organization that sees his bowling as a threat.

  33. Bassarath was quick to support Camps but he can’t support Narine

  34. Ban some of these admins from cricket

  35. This man is the worst president of presidents swear #fool

  36. I’ve been looking on at this for quite awhile and wondered why he wasn’t getting support from the board on all the times he was suspended and accused of the illegal bowling. Something never felt right about it then and now look at what is emerging. I await, like him, for a feedback. More reasons for Caricom concern into disbanding the board

  37. Wondering if this has any bearing on Ragoonath’s sudden resignation as TTCB’S CEO

  38. Why aren’t we looking to protect our own

  39. oh baccanal..when will it end.. when the lord will take all these donkey administrators an send dem back to they cage boy.. they only killing the sport in dis country…bassaRATT never fails to depress me yes!!