The official launch of the ‘Legacy & 007 Promotions ‘Unity Cricket’ Event scheduled for January 30 at the Providence Stadium was officially launched yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Pavilion.
The event includes a fun park for kids on the Tarmac, five softball matches among the best softball cricketers in Guyana and climaxes with the feature game, a T20 affair under lights from 19:30hrs.
This contest will see some of the top T20 players in the world in action including the world’s number one batsman Chris Gayle who this week smashed the fastest ever T20 fifty from just 12 balls in the Big Bash in Australia.
Lucky fans will win fabulous giveaways from Digicel, one of the event sponsors. Fans in the stands will also get a chance to go home us$500 richer if they take one-hand catches.
“The event will be a family oriented one, with the best players in the Caribbean in action under one roof, fans can expect a treat” said former West Indies Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, who will lead one of the teams at what promises to be an action packed event.
Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Jason Holder, Darren Sammy, Lindl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Rayad Emrit, Suleiman Benn, Samuel Badree, Nicholas Pooran and Raymon Reifer are the foreign players who have confirmed the participation while Sunil Narine should soon confirm his availability.
Chris Barnwell will lead the other team and players like Assad Fudadin, Leon Johnson, Rajendra Chandrika, Veerasammy Permaul, Jonathon Foo, Anthony Bramble, Ronsford Beaton, Sherfane Rutherford and Robin Bacchus are all participating.
During the launch former Parliamentarian James Bond (007) and Pastor Eworth Williams (Legacy), Sarwan, Digicel Events Manager Louanna Abrams, Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Territorial Development Officer (TDO) Colin Stuart, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sean Devers and Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) President Ramchand Ragbeer and Organising Secretary Wayne Jones, engaged the media operatives as they gave insight into the event.
Williams said that Legacy Promotions tends to hold more Gospel shows. “But with the current state of things in Guyana we thought it necessary to come on board for such a venture which is expected to unite all Guyanese families”
Bond confirmed that the overseas players will be coming to Guyana on January 28 and 29. He also hinted that the organisers are also exploring the options of carrying the players to Albion in Berbice after successful talks with the Albion Committee were held.
“This will afford Berbicians the opportunity to see high-profile players thumping sixes in the luxury of their own back yard” Bond said.
Meanwhile, Abrams said Digicel is forever committed to sports and as the official sponsor of West Indies cricket, coupled with the country’s 50th anniversary which is being observed this year, they saw it necessary to throw their support behind the event which she said can be used to unite Guyanese.
Apart from the T20 cricket spectacle under lights, the GFSCA will also be having a series of softball matches during the day and Ragbeer thanked the organisers and sponsoring for allowing them to be a part of the event.
Stuart, the former West Indies pacer lauded organisers for approaching the GCB for advice as well as ensuring that the WICB have confirmed their support via letter. He said the GCB decided to come on board as the event seeks to market the sport and its players locally and regionally, without having to venture into international waters.
According to Devers, the players will be mixed to ensure a highly-competitive match while allowing local players to mix and feed off the more senior International players. Also present at the launching were National cricketer Jonathon Foo and 2015 Miss Guyana contestant, Malika Russell.
Tickets, which cost $2,000 ($3,000 at the Gate), go on sale from tomorrow at GCC in the City, M&M on the East Bank, Patsy Variety Store at Soesdyke Junction, Giftland and Lenny’s on the East Coast, Tiyo’s Future Store in Anna Catherina and Parika, Poonai’s Pharmacy in Rose Hall Town and Little Rock Hotel in New Amsterdam.
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