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Guillen: People making mischief at QPCC

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Sunday, June 3, 2018
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Red Force skipper Denesh Ramdin, second from left, is greeted by Queen’s Park President Ken Gordon before play at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain last month. Photo by:Photo: TTCB

VINODE MAMCHAN

Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) board member Jeffrey Guillen says that people are making mischief at Queen’s Park Cricket Club and this is not good for the century-old club.

A message has been circulated to the membership making a lot of allegations which according to Guillen is all fabricated by a certain group who wants control of the Ken Gordon-led institution. The message to the members read: “You may have received news of the CEO's resignation, but many may not be aware of many things at the club. So in the absence of any management communication since the last AGM/Rules Review meeting, I will attempt to bring you up to the date of what I am aware of at the moment.”

The message listed a number of shortcomings by the club’s management and this included, the not having a CEO, a CFO and a Marketing Officer. Guillen said it was public knowledge that the CEO (Richard Mowser) has tendered his resignation and will be leaving at the end of July. He will be leaving then and new CEO will be put in place.

On the point of hiring a high powered Senior Counsel to deal with a matter involving the former CEO, Guillen said: "The club has to defend itself and we need proper representation in this matter.” The message also said that the All Out Bar & Lounge has been closed for several weeks because QPCC forgot to renew the bar licence. To this, Guillen responded: "The club gave everything to the lawyer who handles this and he took a while. Normally this is done quickly but he took longer than usual.”

The members were also made aware of a situation where a cricket consultant was still being paid and the cricket season has ended. Guillen said this was a sad state of affairs because the individual in question is a permanent member of the staff who has been working at the club for over 20 years and he not only takes care of the club during cricket but also outside the cricket season with responsibility for the field among other things. “This is really hurtful to hear, as this person has served this club for so long and continues to be a pillar of strength.”

He added that although the message is saying that the club’s overdraft is well extended this is not true. The message also questioned whether the club will be getting any CPL matches this year but Guillen put this to rest saying: "We've been negotiating with CPL and the talks have been very fruitful and we look forward to cricket here at the Oval this year.”

Guillen, a director at the Sport Company of T&T (SPORTT), ended by saying: "The club’s management is aware that a member has been spreading these untruths about the club and we have decided to host a mid-term cottage meeting on Monday to deal with the issues. The member and all members interested can raise all concerns at this meeting and it will be addressed.”

Meanwhile, the club's president has invioted the membership to a meeting carded for June 11.

Dear Member,

I am pleased to invite you to attend an update on Monday, June 11, 2018 in the Century Ballroom at 5.00 p.m.

After approximately six months in office we would like to brief you on matters which have been addressed and are continuing to be addressed.

Opportunity will also be taken to address the specific matters which have been raised in an email by one of our members and to respond to whatever further inquiries you may have.

Kenneth Gordon

President

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