You could've chosen someone local - Bassarath
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president, Azim Bassarath, has made clear his displeasure at a stand at the Brian Lara Stadium being named after Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Speaking on the contentious issue this week, Bassarath contended there were a host of outstanding former West Indies players from Trinidad who were more deserving of the honour.
"Why not name a stand after Deryck Murray and I call Deryck Murray's name first," Bassarath said.
"Why couldn't we name a stand after Ian Bishop, Gus Logie, Raphick Jumadeen, Larry Gomes - we have a number of people [like] Sonny Ramadhin who had lived just a stone's throw away from the stadium.
"They are great Trinidadians who have made significant contributions to West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago cricket."
two finest batsmen
It emerged earlier this week that the North West Stand at the Stadium would be named after the Indian icon, who holds the record for the most career runs in Tests with 15,921 from a record 200 matches.
He and Lara were contemporaries and are often regarded as the two finest batsmen of the modern era.
Chairman of the Sports Company of T&T, Michael Phillips, said the decision to name the stand after Tendulkar, had been on Lara's advice.
Bassarath also took issue with the appointment of a board to run the stadium, saying the TTCB had been kept out of that decision.
"I wasn't aware that a board being appointed and the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board was not consulted and was never consulted with respect to the naming of a board to run the stadium."