St Kitts and Nevis Patriots skipper Rayad Emrit has no plans to retire from the game anytime soon despite throwing his hat into the ring for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force head coach position.
Emrit is one if 18 applicants for the post and thinks he can turn around the fortunes of the team in the regional first-class competition, which they have not won since 2006, after being asked to apply for the job by some members of the team.
“I have no intentions of retiring from playing cricket, I am very keen on playing still so if given the job, I will have to make certain decisions. But obviously, I will be restricted,” he said recently.
“Whoever gets the job, it’s an important job and I wish everyone all the best. Once I’m selected I will do my best to move TT cricket forward,” Emrit added.
Asked about his decision to apply for the post, the all-rounder and former T&T captain said he had to think long and hard about applying because “Mervyn Dillon did a decent hob in the year he has been there”.
Dillon took over from Kelvin Williams in January last year and led the team to a second-place finish in this year’s truncated West Indies four-day Championship, which ended with only eight of ten rounds of matches being completed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I seriously considered it, knowing that I’ve played with most of the guys in the team,, and I think I have a lot of respect from them and some of them asked me to put my name forward when they saw that the job was being advertised,” he explained.
Emrit was a player/coach with Alescon Comets on the local club scene, playing alongside Red Force players like Imran Khan, Bryan Charles, Kissoondath Magram and Jyd Goolie.
“It is a decision I made based on what I think is my best move, going forward, and obviously having the respect of the guys in the team,” said Emrit.
“There are a lot of talent in our country but I still think the talent is not being treated the way it should be treated and I don’t want the talent to go to waste so hopefully, if I get in a position to work with these guys I can make a change for this talented bunch of guys,” he added.
Another recent Red Force player turned coach Gibran Mohammed is also keen on becoming the new Red Force head coach but noted that there were a lot of competent persons on the list.
“As it relates to my application for the TT Red Force Team, I am very optimistic and hopeful about the opportunity. However, I know that if (I am) not given role as head coach, there are very competent people on the list and my time will come,” said Mohammed.
“I still have an important role to play in the development of players at my club in PowerGen Penal and at the Secondary School level where I coach Naparima College,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gregory Davis has also applied and is keen on contributing to the success of the team and its players.
“I think every coach in every sport would treat it as an honour to coach their national team. It would certainly be an honour for me to contribute to T&T cricket, if selected,” said Davis.
In terms of his qualifications, Davis said he worked in Dubai in a pre-world camp for Zimbabwe’s preparation for the 2011 world cup and that he was also the T&T national under 17 coach in 2018/19.
“Part of my duties as a coach is to contribute to the success of the team and the individuals associated with the team, in this vein, I look forward to overcoming the challenges of the job,” Davis added.
With all applications in, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board will now have to appoint a committee to interview the candidates and cut down the list. A time frame for the hiring process has not been given by the TTCB.