“Never in the history of Berbice Cricket, has the Berbice Cricket Board been able to attract sponsorship on a large scale. This I am sure is because of the outstanding work of the Board since our election in February 2018, and because sponsors and donors trust us with their money. Once I remain President of the Berbice Cricket Board we shall not only be visionary but would make sure that every committment to our sponsors are fulfilled.” Those were the words of Berbice Cricket Board President Hilbert Foster as he announced that overseas based Guyanese Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh has deposited over $540, 000 into the Republic Bank Account of the Berbice Cricket Board.
The US$2,700 donation represents full sponsorship of the 2018 Cricket Academy of the Berbice Cricket Board and monthly preparation from July, 2018, to January, 2019 for players expected to represent Berbice next year at the Under-15, Under-17, Uner-19 and Female levels. The two events are part of a comprehensive development programme that the Berbice Cricket Board has unveiled under the leadership of Foster.
The Cricket Academy would be held from tomorrow, Sunday 22nd to Thursday 26th July, 2018, at the Albion Community Centre and would be conducted by Coaches Winston Smith, Julian Moore, Balram Samaroo and Albert Smith. A total of seventy players drawn from Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 and Female Players would be part of the Academy. Special emphasis would be placed on correcting all technical problems of every individual player, while making them better batsmen, bowlers and fielders. A lot of off the field work would also be done with the aim of making the players aware of the rules of the game and their role as ambassadors of the Ancient County. The total cost of sponsorship for the Academy is $369,600.
With the objective of winning every title at the Guyana Cricket Board Inter-County level, the Berbice Cricket Board would also be organising training sessions one day every month from July, 2018, to January 2019. The sessions would be conducted by a panel of Coaches who would make sure that every Berbice Player is mentally and physically fit to represent the County. Emphasis would also be placed on building bonds between the players and identifying potential leaders. An initial squad of 70 players would be selected for the monthly sessions but more players would be added based on performances at the different levels in tournaments organised by the Berbice Cricket Board.
President Hilbert Foster was full in praise for Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh, who he described as a true friend of Berbice Cricket. This is Dr. Singh second major contribution after investing $516,000 in a countywide Coaching Programme. He joins fellow overseas based Guyanese Brian Ramphal as individuals who have contributed over $1M dollars to the Berbice Cricket Board Cricket Developmental Programme over the last five months. Foster also expressed gratitude to Berbice Cricket Board Liaison Officer in the United States, Oscar Ramjeet for his hard work in promoting the Board to donors. The New York based former Berbice Cricket Board Secretary has raised over $2.5M for Berbice Cricket.
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