PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board executive Baldath Mahabir does not expect any negative fallout from his recent failed bid for the West Indies Cricket Board’s vice-presidency.
Mahabir unsuccessfully challenged Emmanuel Nanthan for the post of vice-president at elections in Kingston last weekend, losing 8-4.
He was the running mate of legendary former West Indies fast bowler and Barbados Cricket Association president, Joel Garner, who lost his bid to unseat WICB president Dave Cameron, by the same margin.
“I don’t think our relationship will change at all. I don’t think there will be any victimisation,” the Trinidad Express newspaper quoted Mahabir as saying.
“It is a small cricket community and I think the president understands that it is a democratic organisation and that he could be challenged. He is on record as saying he would welcome the challenge.”
Despite heavy criticism for his handling of the abandoned tour of India, Cameron received widespread support from territorial boards in the election.
In fact, the only two boards not to declare their support for Cameron was Garner’s BCA and Mahabir’s home board, the TTCB.
However, Mahabir said this would not have an impact on either board and their relationship with their other regional counterparts.
“I think the election is over now and we (TTCB and BCA) will be treated as equals going forward like the other cricket boards,” he noted. “We share an equal footing just like everybody else and I see no reason why that should not continue.”