Acting WASA chief executive officer Allan Poon King, centre, receives face masks, from UTT chairman Professor Clement Imbert, right, and vice president, UTT, Professor Prakash Persaud during a handing over ceremony at Caroni Bank Road yesterday.

Today will be the final day for applicants to show their interest in capturing the post of head coach of the T&T Red Force cricket team.

The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) advertised the position of the head coach and gave all prospective applicants up until today to apply.

Guardian Media understands that the board got a lot of interest locally, across the waters in Barbados and also as far as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Current coach Mervyn Dillon’s last day on the job will be today as his contract ends. He has re-applied for the post given the fact that he took the team to the second position in the West Indies Championships that was played earlier this year. The tournament was called off with two rounds to go due to the COVID-19 pandemic but T&T Red Force was firmly into the second position, the best finish since 2014.

TTCB president Azim Bassarath said the board has to put in place a committee to deal with interviewing the applicants who will then make recommendations to the executive. However, he said yesterday that the committee has not been appointed just yet.

“With the lockdown in place, we have not put the committee together as yet. We are being guided by the government in terms of when we can open up for business and when this is done the committee will be in place. We are hoping to get this done in May. We prefer to have the candidates meet face to face with the interviewing committee and hence we have had to put it on hold.

“At this point, the situation is very fluid as to when we will be able to get back out but rest assured this will be done as soon as it is feasible.”

In terms of the foreign applicants, Bassarath said: “Packages have been sent out to those who have shown an interest in the position and they understand what is required. There could be some exceptions for those that are very far away and locked out due to travel restrictions and the board will consider the best way to conduct their interviews.”