Guyana Under-13 Cricketers To Make Historic Visit To TT From July 30th To August 9th

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Guyana Under-13 Cricketers To Make Historic Visit To TT From July 30th To August 9th

Guyana’s Under-13 cricketers are set to make an historic first visit to Trinidad and Tobago for a series of matches from July 30 to August 9 as guests of the T&T Cricket Board.

The tour is a reciprocal initiative following the Guyana Cricket Board’s hosting the T&T lads late last year which was described as very beneficial for the development of cricket in the region.

The teams will be engaged in head to head matches over 40-overs on August 2, 4, 6 and 8, at the National Cricket Centre at Balmain, Couva.

The cricketers will also be special guests at the West Indies versus India One-Day, and T20 Internationals on August 1 and 3, both at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.

Additionally the youngsters will have two days for guided tours of places of interest before departing on August 9.

President of the TTCB and vice-present of Cricket West Indies, Azim Bassarath,  hopes the exchange will sow the seeds of a regional Under-13 tournament in the near future.

It was on the CWI Vice-President’s suggestion to his Guyanese counterpart last year  the reciprocal tour originated and which it is hoped will be a regular fixture on the cricket calendar.

At the time, President of the GCB,Bissoondyal Singh, said he was optimistic the Under-13 exchange will kickstart his territory’s age-group development program which it currently does not have.

In contrast, the TTCB youth development programme encompasses sponsored inter-zone tournaments for the Under-13s, Under-15s, Under-17s, and Under-19s.

Additionally, the Under-23s have been involved in competition to maintain their prospects of being considered for Red Force selection to participate in regional tournament.

The TTCB programme is widely acknowledged across the Caribbean as the best for its focus on youth development, elevated standards of coaching, and ability to attract corporate and Government support.

Bassarath said he was happy to lend support to the GCB in their effort to ignite an Under-13 programme, similar to the TTCB since both territories have much to contribute to the resuscitation of the West Indies fortunes on the international stage.

T&T UNDER-13 SQUAD

Reyad Jerome (Captain), Keshav Mongru, Justin Pamphille, Davis

Guerra, Samir Boodoo, Nityum Mongru, Zion Phillip, Abdiel Boland,

Shaheen Khan, K’Hill Thomas, Jordan Julien, Jaden Seurattan, Jayden

Sadaphal, Adrian Singh.

Reserves: Bradley Jaggernauth, Sanjiv Bachu, Elijah Ashton

Manager: Azard Mohammed

Coach: Kenneth Samuel