Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 3rd 2014 Contents Q: Where were you born and
where did you grow up?
A: In Port Mourant (contrary
to what is shown on Cricin-
What schools/institutions did you
St Joseph Anglican School and Port
Mourant Comprehensive High School.
After high school, from the age of 16,
my education was obtained from play-
ing or being involved in cricket region-
ally and internationally. From then until
now, you could say the university of
Who are the people who influenced
and inspired you the most, in your
career and in life in general?
All my uncles on both sides were
cricketers. My father captained the local
team, so it was cricket all around. We
followed them around, fed off the pas-
sion and learnt a lot from them. Inter-
estingly, it was a shopkeeper back in
my village, Mr Ramsey and his family,
who influenced me in the early days
by providing money to travel to George-
town to see and play cricket, and I was
inspired by being in a village that pro-
duced so many West Indian cricket
heroes like Rohan Kanhai, Basil Butcher,
Joe Solomon, John Trim and Robert
Christiani. I also read a lot at the local
libraries about earlier heroes like Learie
Constantine, George Headley, Weekes,
Worrell, Walcott (the 3 Ws), Frank Wor-
rell and then came the genius Garfield
Sobers. These were the people who
influenced and inspired me the most,
people who you copied mentally and
physically and felt their vibrations and
sense of purpose, those who set high
standards and the strong foundations
for us who came later.
Between your playing days as a pro-
fessional cricketer and today, what
have you done job wise?
Basically travelling to different parts
of the globe doing cricketing consul-
tancy and coaching. These days, I share
my time between the USA and Eng-
What are your plans for the future?
What goals and or ambitions do you
We all have dreams but for me, being
back in the West Indies after such a
long time has had me thinking that it
would be nice to finish my life s work
where it all started. But it s only a
dream, who knows.
Why do you think West Indies
cricket has deteriorated like it has?
The feeder system leaves a lot to be
desired. There are too many gaps from
the grassroot to the national and inter-
national levels. These gaps are a lot
wider than in my era. Also to be a suc-
cess, you have to be hungry, to want
it and be prepared to work hard. Most
of all, you must have discipline. I don t
know how many have the upbringing
and the influence in their lives to have
that burning desire and discipline to
make it happen. The mental strength
and understanding that you are in a
battle, in a war, you do not see danger
or anxiety, but you must win the battle
mentally and physically, whether as a
batsman or a bowler. That s how we
played as a team in my era and were
able to dominate for so long.
What else would you have been if
you weren t a cricketer?
You know Nasser, who knows, maybe
a fisherman or a cane cutter back in
my village, but my fate was to be a
cricketer. It has and continues to be
What is your greatest accomplish-
ment in cricket?
It was to play a Test match for the
West Indies which was my dream as
a child growing up in my village. That
was my greatest achievement in cricket,
to wear the West Indies colours at an
international level. It was the highest
accolade, prize, award, whatever you
want to call it. Of course, there are
many medals and trophies, but playing
that first Test match back then, nothing
can beat that. Being recognised and
being invited to contribute to cricket
in the West Indies for the first time by
the T&T Cricket Board is very special
too, I must say.
Is an autobiography in the making?
Many people ask me this question.
As a human being, sometimes it s best
to leave the past behind. To go back
and dig up and bring out the truth
behind the scenes that no one writes
about is sometimes best left alone.
There is so much to say but who knows,
maybe one day...There is a lot I would
say about South Africa, for example,
and Packer and the West Indies admin-
istration in those days. I better keep
quiet yes (laughing).
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Master batsman Kallicharran...
Educated at the university of cricket
From Page B1
We all have dreams but for me,
being back in the West Indies
after such a long time has had me
thinking that it would be nice to
finish my life's work where it all
started. But it's only a dream,
Alvin Kallicharran at
the top of his game.
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