Jun 12, 2021 Sports
Kaieteur News – “The Berbice Cricket Board is very committed to making a positive difference and to take our cricket to another level. We accepted your decision to vote us in as your executives and it is a mandate we take very seriously.
In the history of Berbice Cricket no administration has ever worked so hard to assist clubs as the current one and I wish to assure that in the coming months, your different clubs would continue to benefit even more as we unveil more projects”
Those were the words of BCB President Hilbert Foster as he launched another historic programme under his leadership at the Scottsburg Cricket Ground in the Upper Corentyne Sub-Association.
The programme launched was the BCB Grounds Enhancement Project, the brainchild of Foster who disclosed that during his countywide travel, the main concern of club executives was their inability to properly prepare venues due to the lack of grass cutting equipment.
He noted that many matches in the past had to be postponed due to this problem and as such the BCB was determined to correct it. Under the programme, the BCB would be distributing at least 24 grass cutters to the four Sub-Associations in the county.
Foster stated that West Berbice, Upper Corentyne, Lower Corentyne and New Amsterdam/ Canje would share the cutters with the two Corentyne areas getting more due to the large amount teams playing there.
Five of the cutters were handed over to the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association on Thursday to launch the programme and Foster committed himself to donating another three in the near future. He disclosed that the BCB had received assistance from long time sponsor Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh, Businessman Jason Sripal of J Supermarket and had also used some of its own funds for the much needed project.
The BCB President cautioned the clubs present to take care of the equipment and not to use them for personal work and to appreciate the hard work of his executive over the last three years. Clubs in the Ancient County have benefitted from donations of cricket gears, water pitchers, coaching equipment, bicycles, stumps, scoring books, educational materials, trophies, medals and balls among other items from the Board at a combined cost of over 15 million dollars.
The BCB season for 2021 would restart as soon as the weather improves and most importantly, when the majority of players are fully vaccinated against the covid-19 virus. The board has successfully hosted 19 finals for this year before the season was suspended due to the rising covid-19 cases and another 23 tournaments are on hold at the junior, female and senior levels. Public Relations Officer, Simon Naidu expressed thanks to Dr Singh and Jason Sripal for their support of the special project. UCCA President Dennis D’Andrade hailed the outstanding leadership of the BCB and described Foster as a remarkable leader who is always on the ground to listen, advice and offer solutions.
He stated that no other BCB leader has visited his Sub-Association as much as the current President who has paid over 100 visits since his election in 2018. Presentations of cutters would be made shortly to the other Sub-Associations.
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