Browne - Tobago cricket future bright
Trinidad Guardian article.
Scarborough, Tobago - The future of cricket in Tobago looks bright according to chairman of the Tobago Cricket Association (TCA), Bill Browne.
In an interview with the T&T Guardian, Browne give an update of the current state of affairs and also the plans to move the game forward.
He said: “At the moment we have had a renewed interest in the sport in Tobago and this is evidenced by the fact that more and more teams are coming to us to take part in our tournaments. We have decided now that from next season we are going to have a premier division for the top clubs and all the others who are now coming in, will play in the second division.
“What we have also done is to ask clubs around the country to adopt schools from the area, so that they would have a constant stream of players coming into the system.”
The future of Tobago’s cricket has a lot to do with the involvement of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) and this relationship seems to be prospering.
“We are very happy with the relationship we have with the TTCB. We are not a Zone but an affiliate and hence the TTCB could do and has been doing a lot to assist us here in Tobago. The president Azim Bassarath is a good man and he understands what is needed for us to take the game forward in Tobago and more than that he seems willing to assist, which is important.”
Browne, who father Ben Sealy played for the West Indies in the 1930s, added that he is also impressed with the work of CEO of the TTCB, Suruj Ragoonath.
“Mr Ragoonath has been very good to us. I cannot understand where the man gets his passion for Tobago cricket but thankfully he has and has been working hand in hand with us to take the game forward here.”
Browne was also very happy that regional cricket has made a return to Tobago after eight years and he is looking forward to more games.
“For a while there was this dis-connect in terms of getting regional senior cricket to come to Tobago but this board seems to have now put that to rest and we are looking forward to getting more games here in order to get the youths interested. We need them to come out and see their stars and hopefully we will have more of them being interested in playing the game.”