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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba is set to
host opening round matches in the West Indies
Premier Cricket League Four-Day Tournament
in the 2016-2017 season which gets underway
This is the optimistic expectation of president
of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Azim
Bassarath as he spoke on Thursday at a function
to honour Jyd Goolie and Kirstan Kallicharan,
members of the ICC Under-19 World Cup winning
West Indies team in Bangladesh.
It was organised jointly by the TTCB and the
Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.
Bassarath made the declaration just 24 hours
after the TTCB executive heard an encouraging
presentation from the ministry s team tasked with
having the facility ready, close to a decade after
it was started and originally intended to host
matches in the 2007 World Cup, staged for the
first time in the Caribbean.
The TTCB boss told guests and officials at the
function, hosted at the National Cricket Centre
in Balmain, which included Minister of Sport and
Youth Affairs Darryl Smith, that he intended to
inform the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) of
this development at their annual general meeting
in a fortnight s time in Antigua/Barbuda.
Bassarath said he applauded the efforts of Smith
to complete the stadium and for his integrated
and consultative approach taken to rejuvenate
sports in Trinidad and Tobago, and despite the
challenges, the TTCB is confident that the plan
is in good hands.
The possibility of staging the top class day-
night encounters at the end of the year at the
Brian Lara Stadium was welcomed by Smith who,
in an immediate reaction, said he was excited at
having a time-line to work with.
Scotiabank has an extra special reason to celebrate
the West Indies Under-19 team s historic victory
at the recent ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Several members of the team who took the region
to its first ever title at this level are alumni of Sco-
tiabank s Kiddy Cricket programme which the bank
has sponsored for the last 16 years.
All-rounders Shamar Springer from Barbados and
Ryan John from Grenada as well as Vincentian bats-
man Gidron Pope all started out in the programme,
which provides after-school coaching to primary
school cricketers around the region.
"We are very proud of the under-19 team, and
particularly the former Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers
who have come of age and are showcasing the benefits
of a strong foundation. They showed grace under
pressure and a desire to win that was truly inspiring,"
said Regional Marketing Director Heather Goldson.
KJ Singh, the West Indies Cricket Board s Senior
Project Officer for schools cricket, noted that the
team was part of the first generation to have been
able to go all the way through the youth cricket struc-
ture, starting with the foundation of Kiddy Crick-
et.Goldson noted: "This is 16 years that we have been
sponsoring Kiddy Cricket and just as the programme
is coming of age, so are the cricketers who have come
out of it. In the past few years, the trickle of Kiddy
Cricket alumni who have gone on to represent the
West Indies has become a steady stream. We ve seen
Jermaine Blackwood, Darren Bravo, Shane Dowrich,
Shai Hope, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kemar Roach on
the test team, Shaquana Quintyne and Hayley
Matthews on the women s team and our trio on the
Under-19 team. It s gratifying to see and know that
Scotiabank has helped to grow the sport in the West
Over the last 16 years, nearly a million Caribbean
children at over 700 primary schools have received
their first formal training in the basic skills and tech-
niques of cricket through Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket s
coaching programme. Scotiabank is the longest-serv-
ing current sponsor of West Indies cricket.
Pope of St
Ryan John of
pays off at U-19 W Cup
Lara Stadium ready
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