Aug 04, 2020 Sports Comments Off on Cricketers begin to collect gears from Basil Butcher programme
Twenty five junior cricketers drawn from six clubs on Saturday last became the first recipients of cricket gears from the 2020 edition of the Basil Butcher Cricket Development Programme organised by the ten cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS with support from the Berbice Cricket Board.
The players were drawn from the RHTYSC, Albion, Port Mourant, Rose Hall Canje, Blairmont and West Berbice cricket teams. The simple presentation ceremony was done at the Area H Ground in the presence of BCB, RHTYSC officials and parents of the players.
Club Secretary/CEO and BCB President Hilbert Foster hailed the project as another red letter day in the ongoing development of Berbice Cricket and signals the commitment of both the club and Board to work beyond the call of duty to make sure that the rich tradition of the county’s game is kept alive. Foster disclosed that a total of 87 players would receive a pair of cricket equipment under the project in observance of the legendary player 87th birthday, which would be celebrated on the 3rd of September. Butcher who was born in 1933, played 44 test matches for the West Indies, scoring 3104 runs at an average of 43.11 with seven centuries and sixteen half centuries.
Foster who was accompanied by BCB Asst Secretary Ameer Rahaman, BCB Public Relations Officer Simon Naidu and executives of the RHTYSC, MS urged the attentive players to emulate the hard work, dedication and positive attitude of Butcher.
The BCB President spoke widely of the importance of education, faith in God and discipline. A clearly emotional Foster also urged the players to reject racism and to be the agents of change in Guyana. The young players were told that the two organisations were committed to investing in their future but they would have to take advantage of the opportunities given to them.
He stated that the corona virus has curtailed a lot of the BCB plans for 2020, including at least 20 tournaments, a professional first division league, numerous coaching programmes including a cricket academy and personal developmental sessions. Despite the pandemic, however, the two organisations have successfully completed several programmes including sharing out 2500 food hampers, donating face masks and cleaning items across the county.
The BCB has also been quite busy hosting its annual Mother of the Year, Father of the year award programmes, while clubs have benefited from donations of cricket balls, cricket gears, score books, youth information booklets among other items. Additionally, the BCB has used the break period to obtain a second sponsorship for a two days first division tournament which would start as soon as the ongoing Banks DIH tournament is completed.
The board has also acquired its own pitch covers and would shortly receive a second coaching set for its coaches from an overseas based Berbician. Foster expressed disappointment that over the last three decades, former players and officials, who now resided overseas, have forgotten their roots and the game that had made them household names. He stated that giving back to society is one of the best things that a human can have and urged the former players to get on board the development train in the Ancient County.
BCB Public Relationship Officer and RHTYSC Asst. Secretary/CEO, Simon Naidu, who is overseeing the project, stated that over the next month, another 62 youths would receive cricket gears while food hampers, 100 gallons of cleaning detergents, bicycles, score books and school bags would be distributed to clubs, schools, Town Councils and Government institutions like police stations, post offices and fire stations. The two organisations would like to express thanks to all the donors to the Basil Butcher Go Fund me account and others like Bissondyal Singh, Former national player Sheik Mohamed, Papie Jafarally, Kevin Sinclair, Poonai Bhigroog, C and K Pharmacy, Dennis Deroop, Hand in Hand Insurance, Ronald Williams, Deonarine Shane and national player Guadakesh Motie. A special visit would also be made to Linden, where Mr Butcher lived most of his adult life to hand over gears and bicycles to youths there.
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