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BG TT invest in U-17 cricketers

Wednesday, March 21 2012

TRINIDAD and Tobago’s young cricketers have been urged to make great use of the opportunities to develop their skill and emulate the accomplishments of Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard on the international stage.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, Azim Bassarath told members of the Central and South West Zone Under-17 teams that BG TT has been sponsoring the age group tournaments for the past 18 years and it has provided a platform for the youngsters to launch successful careers in the sport.

Bassarath was at the time speaking at the official launch of the BG TT Under-17 competition yesterday at the National Cricket Centre at Balmain, Couva and present were top BG TT officials Krysta de Lima (Chief of Staff); Wendell Constantine (Sponsorship and Brand Manager) and Suruj Ragoonath, Chief Operations Officer of the TTCB.

“I want to thank BG TT for their unstinting 17 years of playing the part of a great corporate citizen by their sponsorship. You may know that stars like Ravi Rampaul and Denesh Ramdin to name only two, have all passed through the ranks of the BG TT competitions,” said Bassarath.

The TTCB president also expressed his appreciation of the effort of parents and teachers to ensure that the youngsters get the time to train and participate competitively.

“They have been able to facilitate the flood of talent that we are experiencing to assist the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board to develop good citizens who can contribute to society,” said Bassarath.

He said that through the initiative of the TTCB in organising an Under-17 tournament, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has identified a gap in their development plan and have emulated the TTCB by introducing a regional competition to highlight the talent at that level.

“The first WICB Under-17 tournament was scheduled for late last year but was postponed to July this year. And as a bonus there will be another regional tournament for the Under-17s in December. So the opportunities are there which you must seize with both hands,” said Bassarath.

Chief of Staff De Lima reiterated BG TT’s passion for the game of cricket as demonstrated by their long and successful association with the development programme of the TTCB which is older than members of the Central and South West teams who were scheduled to play the opening match of the competition at Balmain.

“We do not intend to stop our involvement and BG TT is proud of its investment in youth cricket,” De Lima said. She said cricket can teach much about the national watchwords of disclipine, tolerance and production.

“Cricket is a game of patience. I am reminded of what my father used to say, ‘One, one does fill the basket’,” said De Lima and warned the teenagers of being lured into the world of the glitzy and glamorous. Instead, she said, they must work hard and persevere to achieve their objectives.

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