BCB pays tribute to six retired cricketers
Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Six outstanding retired cricketers from the ancient county of Berbice were honoured by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) under their annual NEW GPC INC tribute to Retired Cricketers Programme.
Those honoured were George Paddy, Desmond Fraser, Jaikarran Balchand, Jude Ram Kissoon, Hemant Jagdeo and Mahadeo Hatchmanen. The ceremony was held at the St Francis Community Developers head office and formed part of the BCB Diamond Jubilee Celebration.
BCB Special Events Committee Chairman Hilbert Foster stated that the board strongly believes in honouring all heroes in Berbice cricket. This is the primary reason every year the BCB hosts programmes to honour administrators, umpires, cricketers, coaches and even retired cricketers.
He praised the retired cricketers for the role they played in laying the foundation for the current generation to benefit. He also expressed gratitude to the management of NEW GPC for their continued sponsorship of the programme and the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club for providing additional gifts for the awardees.
BCB First Vice President Anil Beharry and President Keith Foster, both encouraged the awardees to share their vast experience with the current generation of players. Beharry stated that the ancient county views each of the awardees as role models who should be emulated.
The BCB president noted that his administration intends to make sure that every hero is recognised and honoured as it was very important to let people know that their contributions are appreciated.
Jude Ram Kissoon was the captain of the Sisters Cricket Club and an all rounder; Hemant Jagdeo represented the Upper Corentyne area, and in 1984, represented Berbice at the Inter county level; Mahadeo Hatchmanen played for the Chesney Cricket Club in the 1980s as an all rounder; while Desmond Fraser was a fast bowling all rounder representing the Vikings Cricket Club and the RHTYSC in the 1990s.
George Paddy was a senior member of the then Guyana Cricket Team and ended his cricketing career in 1995 as captain of the RHTY&SC second division team. Eighty-four-year-old Jaikarran Balchan received a warm reception from the well attending gathering. He played for West Berbice area in the 1950s and rubbed shoulders with West Indies greats such as Basil Butcher, Joe Soloman and Rohan Kanhai during his playing days.
The BCB has to date honoured close to 40 heroes under the tribute to Retired Cricketers Programme.