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Cricket promoters urged to respect rules
The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) is urging persons interested in promoting and organising cricket competitions involving national cricketers to be respectful of the rules and regulations governing their activities as a failure to secure permission from the lawful cricket authorities could lead to serious penalties.
And the newly re-elected executive of the T&TCB, led by Azim Bassarath has again emphasized that the participation of the top cricketers in unauthorised competitions, as they seek to maximise their earning potential will attract careful scrutiny. In a media release on Friday, the T&TCB leader said they are not seeking to restrict the cricketers from plying their trade but will work assiduously to ensure that cricket promoters/organisers and players adhere to the established procedures.
“We are pleased that the cricketers are being afforded the opportunity to earn some remuneration for their skills but we want to make it abundantly clear that it will not be at the expense of fulfilling certain obligations specifically relating to getting the approval of the T&TCB to stage and participate in any cricket competition staged locally,” said Bassarath.
The T&TCB message comes on the heels of a slew of T20 competitions being planned which is expected to attract top local players who have made a name for themselves in the shortest form of the game as evidenced by their success on the regional and international stage. In September-October last, the T&T team once again proved to be a huge hit in India with their “never say die” attitude and the excitement they brought to the game in the Champions League T20 and the T&TCB is concerned that the “Red Force” brand could be undermined if the cricketers are seduced into playing in authorized competitions.
The T&TCB warning comes on the heels of interest shown by international teams as far away as Sri Lanka in having several T&T stars play in their domestic T20 competitions which will ensure their profile is kept at a high level and go a long way in enhancing the T&T brand worldwide. And although the T&T Cricket Board is fully supportive of the players’ right to ply their trade, the national cricketers have been strongly advised to be guided by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) regulations concerning participation in unauthorised competitions organised by private organisations.
The T&TCB has stressed that permission must be first received by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) before any cricket tournament is staged in the region and failure to do so will result in severe penalties on the territorial board, the cricketers and the promoters/organisers. According to the WICB’s policy Responsibility and Approval for Cricket in the West Indies, the minimum penalties for staging an unauthorised competition range from disqualification of the territorial board from staging international matches for two years to the banning of individual cricketers who participate from official matches and events for one year.
Also the promoters and/or organisers of such unapproved competitions could be disqualified from hosting similar events for a period of up to three years. The WICB document, to which all territorial boards in the region adhere to, also lists the different types of competitions that have been pre-approved by the regional body and also outlines the procedure for submitting requests for approval for cricket tournaments.
It states that an application for approval must be made in writing to the WICB not less than 30 days in advance of the scheduled start of the match or event. The WICB, however, makes provision for exceptional circumstances, to consider applications received in less than the stipulated time. Dr Allen Sammy, executive member of the T&T Cricket Board and a Director of the WICB has said that cricketers who do not observe the established rules and regulations risk running afoul of the WICB and the ICC, the world governing body for cricket.
He said the T&T Cricket Board is responsible for all domestic cricket and the territorial board must ensure that approval is sought from the West Indies Cricket Board for any competition played in its jurisdiction.
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