Wednesday, December 16, 2009
High praises are being sung on the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) for staging the inaugural Regional Under-17 Series. An initiative of the T&TCB, teams from the traditional six territorial boards are taking part in the week-long 50-over-per-side tournament, including host country T&T, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands and Windward Islands.
This tournament is the brain child of Forbes Persaud, CEO and General Secretary of the T&TCB, which has ploughed close to $500,000 to stage the series, which started last Thursday. Robert Adonis, coach of the Guyana U-17 team said that the West Indies Cricket Board must make this tournament a permanent fixture on its annual cricket calender.
Adonis who played in two first-class matches for Guyana and captured two wickets for 126 runs, said that full credit must be given to the T&TCB for staging this well organised tournament.
“This tournament bridges the gap between the Under 17 age group and the Under 19 for our regional players, and T&T is not only concerned about the development of their own players, but they are investing in players from throughout the region as well. This augers well for West Indies cricket.” Adonis said.
According to second vice-president of the T&TCB and newly appointed chairman of the Regional Matches Committee, Leo Doodnath, the local board have recognised that there is a vacuum regionally at the U-17 level, and they have decided to carry their developmental thrust from national to regional level. (NY)