Trinidad and Tobago back on board with Red Steel
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Apparently a lot for the Red Steel.
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise will be using the “Trinidad and Tobago” moniker once again, after the country’s National Security Minister Gary Griffith played a hand in reversing his government’s original decision to have the name dropped.
The public relations arm of the CPL sent out a press release disclosing the recent development following today’s pre-match press conference at Kensington Oval.
CPL public relations representative Antonia Graham also confirmed that the Red Steel have indeed been given permission once again to use “Trinidad and Tobago” in their name.
“We would particularly like to thank Gary Griffith for his timely intervention in this matter and for his support in bringing it to a positive conclusion,” said the statement from the press release.
“We can now concentrate our efforts on ensuring the remainder of the tournament is a resounding success and that cricket fans across the world enjoy it to the fullest.”
Griffith’s apparent intervention brings to an end a contentious back and forth spat between Red Steel captain and Trinidad Sports Minister Anil Roberts, who was initially behind the move to get the CPL franchise to drop its “T&T” moniker.
Bravo, who also captains the West Indies ODI side, then publicly lambasted Roberts, saying the people who made the decision to drop “T&T” are a “bunch of jokers” before going on to state that he was prepared to deal with the consequence of said comments.
Roberts responded to the statement by sending a letter to Red Steel management, CPL chief executive officer Damien O’Donohoe and Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board president Azim Bassarath in which he cited Bravo’s response as “disrespectful and improper”. (JM)