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Former West Indies batting great Alvin Kallichar-
ran has described T&T as his second home and
expressed appreciation to the T&T Cricket Board
(T&TCB) for hosting him for the next two weeks
for a series of sessions with the nation s young
Kallicharran, who played 66 Tests for the West
Indies between 1972 and 1980 amassing 4,399 runs
with 12 centuries and 21 fifties, finished with an
admirable career batting average of 44.43.
He has been invited to T&T by the local cricket
board headed by its president Azim Bassarath, and
the initiative has received the support of Minister of
Housing Dr Roodal Moonilal and Member of Par-
liament for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh, a
Minister in the Ministry of Finance.
The left-handed Guyanese, regarded as one of the
greatest ever batsmen produced by the Caribbean
will highlight a hectic two-week programme working
with three national youth teams.
Kallicharran, who is very much involved in youth
cricket development where he now resides in North
Carolina, USA will conduct sessions with zonal affil-
iates of the T&TCB. He is also scheduled to be in
Tobago where he will be a guest of honour at the
opening of the West Indies Under-17 tournament
On Tuesday, Kallicharran, now 65, was the toast
of the town as numerous outstanding former T&T
cricketers, who know and played with the legend,
turned up to give him a rousing "Trini" reception at
the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.
Chairing the function was Tarandath Sammy,
national Under-17 team coach and chairman of the
East Zone of the T&TCB.
Among the speakers paying glowing tribute to
Kallicharran were Dr Allen Sammy, first vice-president
of the T&TCB, national senior team manager Manohar
Ramsaran, a former Government Minister of Sport,
and Reeza Abass Ali, a cricket historian and television
cricket talk show host.
Also gracing the proceedings to chat and listen to
Kallicharran were T&TCB second vice-president Lal-
man Kowlessar, third vice-president Patrick Ram-
persad, general secretary Arjoon Ramlal, treasurer
Sukesh Maniam, CEO Suruj Ragoonath, national
team selector Narine Bideshi, director of cricket oper-
ations Dudnath Ramkessoon and Baldath Mahabir,
WICB director among several others.
Kallicharran, in his short address said he was
thrilled to be invited to T&T by the local cricket
board who he said were the only cricket administrators
in the region to give him the opportunity to contribute
to youth cricket development.
He said that his CV had been circulating around
the Caribbean for many years and he expressed deep
disappointment that even his native Guyana had
refused to even acknowledge communication that
he had sent to them recently, at their request.
He said that he was confident that his wide knowl-
edge and vast experience playing for and captaining
the West Indies cricket team in a particularly troubled
period in the 1970s, had prepared him for the task
Kallicharran said that circumstances conspired to
mould him into a great player and he was grateful
to have role models in former West Indies legends
Sir Gary Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Rohan Kanhai and
later felt honoured to play with Sir Vivian Richards,
Gordon Greenidge and the battery of fast bowlers
which put the region on top of the world for almost
Kallicharran said that quite apart from having nat-
ural talent, success could come to anyone but was
built on hard work, practice, a willingness to learn
and correct mistakes and a burning passion to give
the best effort.
in T&T to
Former West Indies cricketer Suruj Ragoonath, from left, former West Indies cricketer Raphick Jumadeen, former national cricketer
Narine Bedeshi, Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh, former West Indies cricketer Gus Logie, former West Indies cricketer Alvin
Kallicharran, Couva-Tabaquite-Talparo Regional Corporation vice-chairman Ramchand Rajbal Maraj and former West Indies cricketer
Rangy Nanan, seated in wheelchair, at a welcome reception for Alvin Kallicharan at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva, on
Tuesday. Kallicharran will be involved in a series of sessions with the nation's young cricketers during his two-week visit to T&T.
PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
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