Long-time cricket administrator and Hall-of-Famer, Orville Hall, is no longer involved with the upcoming legends tour of New York. Hall has played a major role in these types of projects as far back as the 1980s, when legendary promoter, the late Roy Sweeney, began bringing International cricketers to the New York area.
Hall said he left the group about a month ago because of differing opinions with some members of the New York Organizing committee. Hall, who was also involved with the Lawrence Rowe Legendary Foundation legends’ game in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year, was brought on board by promoter Pooran Ramnanan, and was charged with overseeing the New York group’s team selection and management process as well as the overall coordination for travel arrangements, lodging and ground transportation for the West Indies legends. Earlier this year, Hall, along with former West Indies opening batsman, Gordon Greenidge, accompanied Mr. Ramnanan to New York, and held a press conference where the initial details for the legends’ visit were outlined.
When asked about his current feelings about the tournament, Hall said “I really enjoyed working with the legends when they were in Fort Lauderdale, and was looking forward to continuing that relationship here in New York. However, certain conditions crept into the process, which I felt would be inhibitors to my doing the type of job that I know I’m capable of doing. So, because of those circumstances, I thought it best to remove myself from the process.” Hall said he spoke with Mr. Ramnanan, and wished him well in the tournament.