Trinidad and Tobago cricket board lauds South West Zone's youth development

Trinidad and Tobago cricket board lauds South West Zone’s youth development

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Trinidad and Tobago: The South West Zonal Council of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board has been commended for their youth development programme, which has produced several outstanding players worthy of national selection.

According to the updates shared by Cricket 360, this was pointed out by the president of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath, on Wednesday at a briefing session for the national Under-13 team at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.

Bassarath, vice-president of CWI, the regional governing body for cricket, told the youngsters, accompanied by their parents, that it was the first time South West had produced so many players on a T&T team. “South West Zone should be proud because their success means our cricket is strong.

It shows that development is taking place all over because the results of our tournaments have been shared,” said Bassarath.

The Under-13 team is preparing for a four-match bilateral reciprocal visit by a Guyana side next week, and the series is expected to pave the way for a regional tournament for that age group in the near future, said Cricket 360.

Bassarath emphasised the importance of identifying and nurturing cricketers at that early age when their potential can be harnessed to progress through the development stages and ultimately realise their dream of playing for the West Indies.

Furthermore, Cricket 360 also stated that the national team will be participating in a live-in camp at the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre at Balmain, where they will have the benefit of the technical team comprising Kenneth Samuel (coach), Azard Mohammed (Manager) and Sarah Ali (physiotherapist).

Bassarath told the youngsters they all have a bright future ahead but can only realise their potential by taking instructions and working hard at their game.

He beseeched the parents/guardians to keep encouraging the boys in their desire to play the game while making sure that they also pursue their scholastic assignments.

“Cricket has been shown to complement the academic achievements of youngsters, just like other sports. It is complementary and helps to get into higher education institutions since your athletic pursuits are highly regarded,” said Bassarath.

The TTCB boss said at the recent 100th Test match between West Indies and India at the Queen’s Park Oval, and he chatted with the parents of Test wicketkeeper Joshua DaSilva who spoke about how cricket helped him while at St Mary’s College.

Also addressing the players and providing advice and motivation were Arjoon Ramlal, TTCB’s first vice-president and a CWI director, and Altaf Baksh, TTCB secretary.

The Price Club and Tiger Tanks Unlimited sponsor the T&T and Guyana Under-13 bilateral series. Late last year, the bilateral series was launched when Guyana hosted the T&T lads, and they came away victorious, winning their four matches.

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Reyad Jerome (Captain), Keshav Mongru, Justin Pamphille, Davis Guerra, Samir Boodoo, Nityum Mongru, Zion Phillip, Abdiel Boland, Shaheem Khan, K’Hill Thomas, Jordan Julien, Jaden Seurattan, Jayden Sadaphal, Adrian Singh, Bradley Jaggernauth, Sanjiv Bachu, Elijah Ashton

Sunday, July 30: Guyana U-13s Arrival
Monday, July 31: Practice
Tuesday, August 1:
Outing to see WI vs India, ODI match
Wednesday, August 2: Match 1, 40-Overs, NCC, Balmain
Thursday, August 3: Outing to see WI vs India, T20 match
Friday, August 4: Match 2, 40-Overs, NCC, Balmain
Saturday, August 5: SightseeingTour
Sunday, August 6: Match 3, 40 Overs, NCC, Balmain
Monday, August 7: Sightseeing Tour
Tuesday, August 8: Match 4, 40-Overs, NCC, Balmain
Wednesday, August 9: Guyana team departs