Comets official says club supports ‘Dinas’
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - The resignation of former West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president, Dinanath Ramnarine, from local club Alescon Comets seems to have created a storm in a teacup as conflicting reports emerged about his decision.
Ramnarine, alongside former national captain Darren Ganga, are currently in a heated battle to assume leadership of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) currently controlled by the Movement for Change.
In a press release yesterday, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, led by Azim Bassarath, stated Ramnarine “handed in his letter of resignation following a heated meeting in which his strong attempt to sway Comets officials to vote in a particular way was rebuffed.”
The release also stated that Comets officials told the ex-WI “leggie” in no uncertain terms that they will be supporting Bassarath.
But upon further investigation, information coming out of the Comets camp are in total contradiction to the TTCB press release.
Speaking to Newsday yesterday, the 38-year-old Ramnarine gave a different version to his cutting ties with Comets, who he has been a part of since he was 14-years-old.
“I’ve disassociated myself with the club because if I want to be president (of the TTCB) then I have to be impartial. I’m not like other officials who still hold positions at clubs and are bias,” he explained.
Contacted yesterday, Kishore Ramnarine, secretary of Comets, flatly denied that the unrelated Dinanath had gotten into an argument with officials after trying to persuade them to support him in his bid for TT presidency.
“No, that is not true. ‘Dinas’ is one of the people that has come through the ranks at Comets. We always fully support him. The reason he resigned is he doesn’t want to seem biased to any club. We support him all the time,” he declared.
Questioned whether club officials are split in their loyalty, Kishore said, “The entire executive is in favour of ‘Dinas’ and Daren (Ganga). Daren is still our club captain,” he pointed out.