Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 3rd 2018 Contents Celebrated local cricket coach
Kumar Rampat is making a call to
all young cricket to think outside
the box in order to be different
and to excel in the sport.
He made the comments at the
Kumar Rampat Induction cere-
mony recently at California. In
front of around 200 young crick-
eters the Cricket West Indies (CWI)
Territorial Development Of icer
said, "Setting the bar high encour-
ages one to take calculated risks,
court some danger and dream big.
It creates lofty ideals and values,
generates passion and tenacity
and propagates determination and
perseverance. At this centre we
promote and foster positive atti-
tudes, strong personal values and
high behavioural standards. We
aim to make our students stand
out where-ever they are, whether
in the dressing room, on the play-
ield, or just anywhere else."
Coming out of Rampat's acad-
emy are four players who will all
captain their various Zone teams
in the TTCB, Shell U 15 cricket se-
ries. Rajiv Ramnath will skipper
Central, Liam Mamchan South,
Khyleem Mohammed South East,
and Andrew Ramberran East.
"This shows that we are producing
leaders here at KRCA and we want
to continue in that way."
Rampat also had some strong
words of advise for his young
charges, "We shall offer you your
awards and celebrate your suc-
cess. You may glorify yourself in
this moment, but not for one mo-
ment think that you have reached.
You have not reached anywhere.
You have only just begun your
journey. I urge you to remember
that the real glory lies in the strug-
gle and not in the prize. This is a
long-time adage which has proven
true in every circumstance."
to Over-40 cricket
There has been a great influx of
cricketers into the over-40 cricket
league organised by veteran sports
administrator Lambert Lee Ahyen.
Over the past season Bert's
Sports League registered 56 teams
in the over-40 and 50 leagues and
many others had to be pushed back
because they could not entertain
all. Bert explained, "We have had a
number of teams coming forward to
play in our leagues but we have had
to reduce the numbers because we
want to protect the integrity of the
competition in terms of quality."
Bert who had worked over the
years promoting cricket through-
out the Central area is using
the league, and also the Caroni
Cricket Association (CCA). He
said, "You would not imagine
just how high the quality of
play is in these leagues. A num-
ber of former national cricket-
ers have been participating
in this competitions and this
has really been great for us.
The competition is ierce and
crowds have been coming out
to look at the cricket. We had
a successful year last year and
we intend to work even harder
to make 2018 greater. I am get-
ting the feeling that this will be a
great year for our league."
Former national players like Lin-
coln Roberts, Deonarine Deyal, Nar-
ine Bedeshi and Richard Sieuchan
have made the league their own,
turning out ine performances.
CPL 2018 to begin
from August 8
The sixth edition of the Caribbean
Premier League (CPL) will be held
from August 8 to September 16, as
announced through a media re-
lease on Wednesday. There are no
international ixtures scheduled for
Windies during the aforementioned
window, which is intended to keep
all the national star attractions
available for the tournament.
"The CPL is now the start of our
domestic season and we are de-
lighted that we have found a win-
dow when all of the best cricketers
from the Caribbean will be avail-
able to take part," Johnny Grave,
the CEO of Cricket West Indies said.
"We are sure that 2018 will be the
biggest season yet."
The Chief Operating Of icer of the
CPL, Pete Russell, elaborated on the
thinking behind the particular win-
dow. "Here in the Caribbean, we are
blessed with some of the most excit-
ing cricketers in the world and it is
fantastic news that all West Indies
players will be available in 2018,"
Russell said. "It will help make the
biggest party in sport even bigger."
'Golden Boy' turns
Any big strong cricketer looking
to intimidate cricket umpire Ra-
jkapoor Sirju might want to think
twice, as he was the man entering
the wrestling ring with the likes of
Adbullah the Butcher and Victor
Today he is known as umpire
Sirju but back in the day he was
called "Golden Boy" in the wres-
tling ring. The 65-year old told
Guardian Media Sport that he is en-
joying his role as a cricket umpire
and has of iciated in games at the
highest level on the domestic scene.
"These days I just stand and of ici-
ate but in times gone by I would
have been right in the action tossing
someone out the ring or vice-versa.
Still sporting a it look, "Golden
Boy" gets up at 4am every morn-
ing and hit the ym all in an ef-
fort to keep himself according to
him, "Feeling and looking young."
About his umpiring he said he loves
his role. He said, "You will not be
everyone's friend, but the most
important thing is to go out there
and do the best that you can. I have
done matches at a high level locally
and I'm always ready and willing
to serve the sport of cricket. Even
back in the day when I was wres-
tling I played cricket for Yorkshire
Club in the South East.'
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Rampat calls on youths to think outside the box
Kumar Rampat hands over an award to the top inductee at KRCA Tariq
Mohammed the Windies U-15 player. PICTURE VINODE MAMCHAN
Umpire Rajkapoor "Golden Boy" Sirju
PICTURE VINODE MAMCHAN
League official Carol Lee-Ahyen, the wife of organiser Bert, making the
trophy presentation to former West Indies and T&T player Lincoln Roberts.
PICTURE VINODE MAMCHAN
I got into it
wrestle as a
and I was
enter the ring
of the best
in my time. I
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