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TTCB salutes the investment of bmobile into T&T's future cricketers

World renowned cricketer, Brian Lara, and top coaches David Williams (front -centre) and Avidesh Samaroo (left, back row) celebrate the end of a memorable training session with the next generation of cricket stars

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), Dudnath Ramkessoon, openly acknowledged telecom giants, bmobile, for their successful hosting of the 2018 bmobile Cricket Academy. 

The camp, which was specially designed for 18 of this country’s most prolific young cricketers (ages 17 – 20), was held over an eight-week period at the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre in Couva, where players received individual training from a index of specialist coaches. 

Having renewed its longstanding partnership with the TTCB in October, bmobile boldly exercised its corporate responsibility by immediately investing in the future of our national cricketers. 

In emphasizing the Company's support for youth development, Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, TSTT’s Manager Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations stated, “It has been a pleasure teaming up once more with the TTCB to develop our nation’s athletes in the sport of cricket. bmobile is determined to extend our investment in youth and sport as a whole. Sport unites communities and our continuous involvement aims to strengthen our ties with citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. The public always sees the finished product, but we at bmobile are driven towards doing the extra work behind the scenes to ensure an outcome of the highest quality.”  

This has been the third year that bmobile has been involved in the advancement of T&T’s national teams. For the 2018 edition, the telecommunication leaders opted to host the Academy in the off-season as a precursor for the dawning competitive cricket season, which bowls off in early 2019. 

“The objective of the camp, in terms of moulding these cricketers for the future, has been achieved,” said Ramkessoon. “They were a bright group of boys who were very receptive to everything that was taught to them by the different presenters. I believe it will go a long way in ensuring that they are prepared to face the future, develop into better young cricketers and their holistic development as a whole.”

The TTCB Executive Member also endorsed bmobile for their continued support of the development of youth cricket on a national scale. Ramkessoon admitted that progressive camps such as these, augers well for the future of sport and all-round growth of our young people. 

“We recognise at this time the challenges faced by society. Anything that can be done to help develop youths in this country will be appreciated. In this instance, cricket has benefitted and will continue to grow with the support of bmobile,” he added. 

During the last weekend of training at the Couva facility, world-record holding batsman, Brian Lara, continued his coaching stint with the vibrant bunch with an on-field demonstration. Lara once again suited up in his cricket gear and took to the pitch where he partnered with batsman and Academy member, Leon Basanoo, and faced some deliveries from Sachin Soodeen, while imparting critical thinking skills. 

Following this highly educational display, right-handed batsman Basanoo explained his personal experience of batting alongside T&T and West Indies’ living legend. 

“It was a great feeling to bat alongside one of the greatest batsmen of the game. This was an opportunity for me to learn a lot. I never thought that I’d ever be sharing a crease with Brian Lara so thanks to bmobile for this. I observed his posture and his attitude towards the bowler. He advised me to be confident at the crease and to continuously rotate the strike. This camp, and the inclusion, of Lara and the other coaches has taught me so much towards enhancing my overall game,” he said. 

Meanwhile, 16-year old Soodeen, attempted to break the stumps of the ‘Prince of Port-of-Spain’ with a couple deliveries. Even though unsuccessful, he shared his thoughts on bowling at the legendary batsman. 

“I was intimidated I must say because I never thought I would have been given a chance like this in my entire life,” he explained. “I knew it was going to be a challenge but I believe I stood up nicely to him. I’ve learnt so much from Brian, even as a bowler. He spoke to me about the types of deliveries preferred for harbouring different styles of batting. Coaches Avidesh Samaroo and David Williams also greatly assisted with my bowling technique over the past few weeks and I’m grateful to bmobile and TTCB.”