Bassarath: Scotiabank cricket vital to Windies

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 16:30

Pres­i­dent of the T&T Crick­et Board (TTCB), Az­im Bas­sarath said that Sco­tia­bank will be key in the re­vival of West In­dies crick­et be­cause of the com­pa­ny's in­vest­ment in the youths crick­et in the re­gion.

He made the com­ment dur­ing the launch of the Sco­tia­bank Un­der-15 and 17 crick­et tour­na­ments on Wednes­day at the Na­tion­al Crick­et Cen­tre in Bal­main, Cou­va.


Sco­tia­bank's $300,000 in­vest­ment will cov­er the In­ter­zone Un­der-15 and 17 se­ries to be played in T&T. Ac­cord­ing to Bas­sarath: “I am con­fi­dent that we can see the West In­dies re­claim its as­cen­dan­cy soon and our NextGen crick­eters are cru­cial to that vi­sion. This tour­na­ment will evolve in­to a stan­dard-bear­er for youth de­vel­op­ment with the ul­ti­mate goal be­ing to nur­ture suc­cess­ful crick­eters but to pro­duce pos­i­tive role mod­els, lead­ers and cit­i­zens, who con­tribute to the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.”

This year’s Un­der-15 com­pe­ti­tion bowls off on Jan­u­ary 22 at four lo­ca­tions through­out T&T.

The main clash in the open­ing round will see de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Cen­tral, and run­ners-up South East, at the Na­tion­al Crick­et Cen­tre (NCC), Cou­va. The Un­der-13s be­gin their cam­paign in May.

Sco­tia­bank’s vice-pres­i­dent of Re­tail Bank­ing and Small Busi­ness Savon Per­sad, shared sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments and is cer­tain both tour­na­ments will help these young­sters fur­ther re­fine their skills and ex­per­tise in their con­tin­u­ous pur­suit of crick­et de­vel­op­ment.

“We recog­nise the long-term so­cial and eco­nom­ic pros­per­i­ty in our com­mu­ni­ties de­pends on a well-round­ed fu­ture gen­er­a­tion. With the right sup­port, chil­dren can un­lock their full po­ten­tial cre­at­ing an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for suc­cess. And when young peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ty suc­ceed, fam­i­lies, busi­ness­es and so­ci­ety as a whole ben­e­fit for years to come,” he stat­ed.

Ra­jen­dra Man­galie, TTCB’s mar­ket­ing and spon­sor­ship com­mit­tee chair­man was pleased with the in­ter­ven­tion of Sco­tia­bank for em­brac­ing their pro­pos­al. Man­galie ad­mit­ted his com­mit­tee had been work­ing as­sid­u­ous­ly aid­ing the lo­cal crick­et fra­ter­ni­ty de­liv­er on its man­date to pro­mote growth and de­vel­op­ment of the sport.

“I urge every­one to get on board and sup­port our young crick­eters as they de­vel­op in­to fu­ture stars.

Many of our top play­ers who have gone on to rep­re­sent the re­gion and build suc­cess­ful ca­reers in crick­et have all ben­e­fit­ed from the age group set-up. It has proven to be an in­valu­able sys­tem where young­sters can move up­wards through the ranks, as they progress,” said Man­galie.

Ad­di­tion­al­ly, for­mer 2019 na­tion­al and West In­dies (WI) Un­der-15 cap­tain and Kid­dy Crick­et prod­uct, An­drew Ram­baran, cred­it­ed ini­tia­tives such as these as in­stru­men­tal in gen­er­at­ing fu­ture tal­ents of the gen­tle­man’s game.

“Youth pro­grammes such as these, help pave the way to be­come a fu­ture na­tion­al and WI play­er.

To the crick­eters par­tic­i­pat­ing in the NextGen Zon­al Un­der-15 Tour­na­ment, make the best of your op­por­tu­ni­ties made avail­able to you,” con­clud­ed the now Un­der-17 na­tion­al rep­re­sen­ta­tive."

Reporter: Vinode Mamcham