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Solutions for complex problems in TTFA and TTCB

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sometimes, the business of solving problems in sport in this country seems always to be approached in a manner that lends itself to personalisation of individual personnel challenging each other, instead of sitting together and sharing some points of view relevant to whatever issue is at hand. The tendency of the stakeholders leads to numerous arguments, many of which are not even relevant.

Funnily enough, these people genuinely would like to have issues resolved, and solutions in the interest of the sport which they administer, except that the desire to enhance their own positions seems to share unusual vexatious behaviour among themselves. We are all aware that each national association has a constitution by which to follow. This is not unusual, as these problems tend to appear ambiguous in some cases and out of sync in others.

However, the trip to the courthouse is not necessarily the answer for two reasons. The first is, that the documents are easily understood and may not be as confusing as they sometimes appear.

Having had the experience of spending two years as a member of a Government appointed Commission of enquiry to restructure the Cricket constitution of 1972 under the guidance of the late Sir Evan Rees, a legal luminary of great repute, and some of the country’s outstanding sportsmen. I have been able to understand the importance of this document.

However, times have changed and persons who held positions in the cricket administration saw the need to make adjustments from time to time.

Unfortunately, these changes may have exposed a new picture of management and some felt that there is need for change.

There is nothing wrong with some dialogue on the complexities which exist. Unfortunately, the present stakeholders do not share a similar view as to what should be done, incidentally, like myself, neither can claim to be fully acquainted with the Constitution, a situation which should surely seek the expertise which can bring some stability to the great game.

The mere sound of this issue being to the court for settlement is truly not in keeping with what sport is all about, especially when numerous sports personalities are brilliant attorneys who will surely give a hand.

I assume that there is cost on both sides, together with animosity which often leads to mild forms of confrontation.

My recommendation is for the two parties to seek mutual experts for legal advice, even with the monitoring and guidance from some member of the NOC.

We have all recognised the bitterness among the stakeholders, all of whom surely have something to offer by way of management of cricket.

Please for a mediator, advice from the Minister of Sports, and interest from the clubs, if only because they are mainly the organisations which may have thrown some ambiguity into clauses in the document.

The most wonderful feeling is when serious dialogue and impartial contribution bring an end to as serious an issue as the one the TTCB is facing.

Thankfully, the date for the visit to the court is sometime away. It is appropriate to start now and demonstrate the maturity of our leading sports administrators.

Maybe a settlement will inject some more enthusiasm into our Cricketers in their battle for supremacy in the region.


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