BGTT U-19 cricketers urged to stay humble

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - The cream of the local budding cricket crop, Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-19 cricketers, were given a stern and sobering lecture before East squared off with South in the final of the BGTT zonal championships at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva earlier this week.

The strong warning and words of advice came from Wendell Constantine, the Communications and Brand Manager of BGTT, two days after Trinidad and Tobago suffered a humiliating defeat against the Windward Islands in a semi-final of the contest for the George Headley/Sir Everton Weekes Trophy. 

Constantine is a distant relative of Trinidadian Sir Learie Constantine, an outstanding West Indies Test allrounder who later became the United Kingdom’s first black peer as a lord in the British House of Commons after his playing days were over in the 1960s. 

The top BGTT official told the young cricketers on Tuesday, at a short informal ceremony at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, that success comes only through hard work and dedication. 

“If you want success you have to work. If you are hoping to depend on others for it, it will never come. If there is no effort there will be no success,” said Constantine. “Halfway preparation and effort will only reach you as far,” he said. 

He warned the cricketers about assuming an attitude that with their latest achievements they have become overnight successes and stars. “You have to be an achiever to be considered by the selectors and the general public,” said Constantine. 

The young cricketers were also cautioned about the trials and tribulations of stardom which he said could make or break someone who is not prepared for the role. “Stars have no life. They are constantly being watched and commented upon. 

“Their relationships invariably fall by the wayside. Where then are their family, their success and their support?” Constantine asked. 

He said the only way to achieve allround success on and off the field is to stay grounded and appreciate all that is being done to assist the development of the players and the team. Constantine also stressed the importance of working together as a team, saying each component needs each other to achieve its objective. 

Also present for the function were first and second vice-presidents of the TT Cricket Board, Dr Allen Sammy and and Lalman Kowlessar, as well as the board’s Director of Cricket Operations, former national captain Dudnath Ramkessoon. 

In his short address, Dr Sammy highlighted the significant contribution BGTT has been making towards the development of youth cricket in Trinidad and Tobago and the value of its partnership with the TTCB over the years.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:16