belongs to no man. Regardless of the extent to which the individual
exists in his own alternate reality. Alloy Lequay continues
to dwell in the realm of fantasy. He believes that he has
been great for cricket and in fact, cricket owes its continued
existence in no small part to his perceived administrative
Wake up and smell the coffee Alloy; longevity does not ensure
a lasting, positive legacy.
Though you must be congratulated for being able to surround
yourself with a cadre of spineless followers who due to non-existent
self-esteem have blindly carried out your every whim and fancy.
You have ensured that no matter how qualified the challenger,
your inept slate shall always prevail.
For this stroke of political genius, you must be applauded.
You have played the game well. You have solidified your place
alongside some of this nations greatest political
leaders who, despite their continued non-performance, manage
to hang on to the reigns of power.
Leadership is a complex mechanism which can function in a
variety of ways. Great leaders are able to inspire those around
them to exceed their best. Unfortunately Alloy, I have not
been overwhelmed by your ability to inspire anyone. Over the
years of your tenure, cricket in T&T has been on a constant
decline. The of young boys and girls playing cricket now hovers
at unacceptably low numbers. The T&T senior team has only
won one regional First Class title in the last 25 years and
only managed two one-day titles in the last 15 years.
This, from a country with the greatest resource base in the
Caribbean. Our facilities are the best in the region, economic
activity in T&T is unparalleled, our human resource base
with specific regard to coaching, cricket knowledge, physiology,
sports medicine, technology and talent is far more developed
than in other parts of the region. The problem is, Mr Lequay,
that you have chosen to ignore intelligence. You feel threatened
by anyone with the capacity for having an original thought.
In your zest and lust for self-preservation, you forgot one
very important factor: that the game of cricket is bigger
and better than you. You have single-handedly determined who
represents this country.
Managers of teams must be at your beck and call at all times.
All decisions must be approved by you. So much so that the
current president of the T&T cricket board, Ellis Lewis,
does not even realise as yet, that it is he and not you, who
is the president.
Is it a coincidence that Mr Lewis continuously makes statements
to the media only after the CEO has spoken on the issue? Furthermore,
these statements are always redundant as Mr Lewis simply echoes
the very same sentiments of the CEO, in most cases verbatim.
You may argue here that this reflects unity and solidarity
within the board which are essential factors for effective
administration However, I simply interpret this as a one-man
show. In my humble opinion the one man has
proven to be quite ordinary.
Great leaders are brave enough to surround themselves with
men of greater intelligence, aptitude and special talents
than they themselves possess. The great leader will then delegate
authority with specific attention to specialiastion in order
to produce the desired result. You, Alloy, have consistently
chosen over the years to surround yourself with individuals
whose productivity is hindered by their fear of reprisal from
the absolute leader. Men who may have been able to contribute
to the development of cricket in T&T and the region but
allowed their passion, commitment, creativity, resolve and
ambition to be smothered by a jealous, insecure dictator.
Rather than inspire and motivate these individuals by rewarding
initiative, you chose to add initiative to your list of the
seven (now eight) deadly sins.
A great leader encourages and rewards his followers, workers,
members and employees. But not you Alloy, you have chosen
instead to denigrate, belittle, attack and malign anyone who
dared to hold a divergent view.
From the greatest batsman in the history of the game, to the
bar staff at the Oval, no one is spared your wrath. Who are
you to pronounce that Lara has done nothing for cricket in
Lara has single-handedly ensured the continued survival of
cricket in T&T. When cricket faced strong challenges from
other more exciting sports and recreational activities, Laras
amazing performances inspired young and old alike to keep
the faith. Lara has also been responsible for enlightening
players on a variety of issues facing them. From remuneration,
to not simply pandering to the underachieving, arrogant, self-indulgent
administrators who are motivated by ensuring that their point
of view is gospel, rather than what is best for the game.
In short, Brian Charles Lara has done more for this country,
the game of cricket and sport in general than you could ever
possibly achieve in 100 (long) lifetimes. Yet you, a mere
sanctimonious administrator, saw it fit to ill-speak him to
the entire world in 2001. Then you had the gall to heap praise
on him in 2004, following his record-breaking innings of 400
You claim that you are on your way out in October, 2005. If
this is true, it is clear that you would like to leave as
you came in. Your unwarranted attack on the Friends
of Cricket simply sums up your entire career.
What could possess you to describe men and women who have
given their lives to the development of the sport of cricket
in this country, as greedy and self-serving? Deryck Murray,
Forbes Persaud, Raphick Jumadeen, Anne Brown-John, Colin Murray,
Theophilius Trim, Harry Narine, Allan Sammy, Omar Khan and
others have proven for decades that they truly love the game.
Their passion has even survived your tenure as the supreme
cricket deity, which in itself is absolutely amazing.
This country will independently thank these people for their
stick-to-itiveness. Unfortunately not even those who you have
been able to control and manipulate would thank you. In fact
the very same cowards shall give a loud sigh of relief as
you trudge off into the sunset. Hopefully, it is not too late
for them to revive their suffocated ability to make meaningful
decisions on their own.
Goodbye and good riddance!
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