TTCBC endorses commitment to support Chetram Singh
By Naz Yacoob
Guyana Chronicle
June 18, 2003

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PORT- of-SPAIN-Trinidad -Alloy Lequay, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board of Control (TTCBC), said yesterday that the local board has endorsed its commitment to support Chetram Singh, president of the Guyana Cricket Board in next month's presidential election of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Lequay issued a statement after mounting pressure by individuals in Trinidad for the TTCBC to change its heart and lend its support to local candidate, Willie Rodriguez.

Lequay said that the executive members of the WICB, on being advised of Rev. Wes Hall’s unavailability to continue the post, discussed among themselves a suitable candidate.

The veteran administrator explained that the WICB’s executive considered at least three candidates and agreed that Singh was the most suitable nominee.

Lequay added that Singh, a member of the WICB executive and a long-standing member of the regional board agreed to serve.

He said that the information was conveyed to him and the board’s first vice-president, Ellis Lewis, who is also one of this country’s representative on the WICB, by TTCBC’s Richard De Souza, who is an executive of the WICB.

Lequay said that these discussions were finalised at a WICB executive meeting in Barbados on June 6.

Lequay went on to reveal that on June 5, he received a telephone call from Jackie Hendricks, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, who advise that JCA were considering nominating William Rodriguez.

He added that he told Hendricks of the process that was taking place and promised to convey his request for support for Rodriguez to De Souza.

Lequay said that on June 9, he advised Hendricks that De Souza had made a committment to the WICB executive members to support Singh and Val Banks for the offices of President and Vice-President respectively.

He stated that as such, the TTCBC had a moral committment to honour the agreement.

Lequay said that the executive of the TTCBC met last Thursday and was advised of the matter, and endorsed its committment to support Singh and Banks at the AGM on July 12 and 13 in Dominica.

“I operate on the principle that “nothing is politically right if it is morally wrong. My cricket colleagues support this view, hence our moral position,” Lequay stated.

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