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West Indies T20 leg-spinner Samuel
Badree has praised his mother and wife
among others for his rise on the inter-
national cricket scene.
Badree, who is currently in Guyana where
he played in the Unity Cup match last
night, has been chosen for the West Indies
team for the upcoming World T20 in India.
It is the third consecutive World T20 that
the Barrackpore man has been selected for
and he intends to make his mark.
He was a key figure in the West Indies
winning the title back in 2012 against Sri
Lanka in Sri Lanka. He has been chosen
as one of three spinners in Darren Sammy s
side. The other two being countryman
Sunil Narine and Barbadian Sulieman Benn.
Speaking on his selection Badree said:
"In all things, give thanks! I would like to
give thanks to almighty God after having
been selected for my third T20 World Cup.
Those who know me would know my rise
from humble beginnings to the pinnacle
of T20I bowling rankings.
"My parents (more so my mother who
was both mother and father), my siblings,
my wife, Stacy Ramlal Badree (admire her
tenacity) and kids (they do not fully com-
prehend my absence at times), my coaches
(few and far between), have all helped me
Badree who is now ranked number one
on the International Cricket Council (ICC)
T20 bowling ratings, singled out Ben Santoo
for special praise.
"I want to say a special thank you to
Ben Santoo who inspired me, also my
friends, colleagues at work, teammates and
everyone else who supported me through-
out my careers as a cricketer and an edu-
Badree who was spotted by the national
selectors after his exploits with PowerGen
cricket club in domestic cricket is also a
teacher and has helped many young athletes
along the way.
He recently returned from Australia,
where he represented the Brisbane Heat
in the Big Bash T20 tournament.
The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) has been com-
mended for the important role it has been playing
in producing cricketers of exceptional talent who
consistently shine on the local, regional and inter-
The commendation came from Wynda Chandler,
Head of Community Relations at the National Gas
Company, one of the major corporate sponsors of the
national cricket team.
Chandler was speaking on Thursday at a reception
for the victorious Red Force squad which last weekend
retained the West Indies Cricket Board Nagico Super50
regional crown by defeating the Barbados Pride in
the final at the Queen s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
"I commend you on behalf of the NGC for your
tireless work and effort in preparing and arranging
the team s participation in the NagicoSuper50 tour-
nament. Trinidad and Tobago is a wellspring of talent,
but it is through your targeted methods that talent
is developed and actualised, when our players engage
in positive competitive cricket, and moreso when they
win," said Chandler.
She said the national cricketers, ably led by captain
Jason Mohammed, lost only one of their eight matches
in the tournament, and by a narrow margin, but more
than made up for the defeat by ramping up their per-
"You brought to life what a cricket fans means
when he says, Performance beats ole talk any day.
Without a doubt limited overs cricket is in great
hands," Chandler told the honourees and guests at
But she said that as "Trinis", cricket fans are not
satisfied. "We want more. We want you to help restore
West Indies cricket to a new glory. I refuse to say
former glory, because we should chart a new course,
not only in the limited overs format but in the revered
Test cricket arena," Chandler said.
Stating that no professional sportsperson accepts
mediocrity, Chandler pointed to the host of stars pro-
duced in T&T and suggested that the exceptional
cricketers of the future may well come from the present
crop of Nagico Super50 winners.
"Ask yourselves, Which will be the next surname
that becomes synonymous with spectacular interna-
tional cricket that brings crowds to their feet and
makes people say, Yes!, he epitomises the game? You
are all capable and you know that. You also know
what you have to do if you want it bad enough,"
On behalf of NGC, she congratulated the cricketers
and their management team and said she envisaged
the day when they would all be sought by screaming
fans for autographs for having represented their region,
country and teams with distinction.
Chandler said that for any corporate sponsor, the
decision to support a particular project is based on
the promise of a return on investment. "Simply put,
sponsors what to be sure that their money is used
to good effect, that value is created as a result of their
intervention, that stakeholders profit in one way or
the other," she said.
"At NGC, our sponsorship of the TTCB has been
just one of many corporate citizenship investments
made over the years, and it is one that has yielded
various returns. Not only does it help support the
most avidly followed and passionately spectated sport
in our country, but it enables the TTCB to spearhead
initiatives for the development of cricket at the national
level," she said.
"Trinidad and Tobago Red Force team, 2016 cham-
pions of the Nagico Super50 regional tournament.
You were outstanding. Your excellent on-field per-
formances, coupled with your exceptional support
staff resulted in you securing the title for Trinidad
and Tobago for yet another year --- the second con-
secutive win for us," Chandler said.
The interests of Tobago
cricket now have a strong
voice at the highest level of
the administration of the
sport following the recent
election of Kerwin John as a
member of the Trinidad and
Tobago Cricket Board
John is the current president
of the Tobago Cricket Asso-
ciation (TCA) and was over-
whelmingly voted into the 49-
member board at the
organisation s quarterly meet-
ing at the National Cricket
Centre at Balmain in Couva
The Tobago official was
nominated by Tarandath
Sammy, chairman of the East
Zonal Council and an execu-
tive member of the TTCB. The
nomination was seconded by
Mitra Ragoonanan of the
North East Zone.
And when the vote was
taken, John was a clear winner
defeating Brent Francis, pres-
ident of the Primary Schools
Cricket League 26-11. Francis
was nominated by Dinanath
Ramnarine, a National League
representative and was sec-
onded by Mahabir Ragoo-
nanan of the North Zone.
John replaces Ian Ramlal,
former president of the Pri-
mary Schools Cricket League
whose term of office recently
expired and the election of the
Tobagonian was warmly wel-
comed by president of the
TTCB, Azim Bassarath.
"The Cricket Board has
always placed the development
of the sport in the sister isle
at the top of the agenda and
we are pleased that Mr John
is now part of the substantial
discussion that will take place.
We are certain that his con-
tribution will be meaningful
and will provide a clear path
for the upliftment of the sport
in Tobago," said Bassarath.
The TTCB president said
that over the years, cricket has
been well-served by the emer-
gence of many flannelled
sportsmen who have risen to
the top of the national ladder
and even selected to play for
the West Indies.
Among those who repre-
sented the island with distinc-
tion were Clint Yorke, Ken
Williams, Lincoln Roberts and
Navin Stewart, and successive
age-group teams continue to
make a big impact on the
Bassarath said that over the
past three years, Tobago has
also featured prominently on
the international stage with the
staging of matches in the West
Indies Cricket Board s Nagico
Super50 regional tournament
at Shaw Park in Scarborough.
NGC proud of
Tobagonian elected to TTCB
family for rise
T&T and West Indies leg-spinner
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