TT Schoolboys can win at world T20

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - The Trinidad and Tobago Secondary School Cricket League (Powergen SSCL) national schoolboys team is currently in India at their inaugural outing at the International Schools Cricket Premier League ISCPLT20 tournament.

The ISCPLT20 is being hosted by the City Montessori School based in Lucknow. The series also consists school teams from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal.

The TT schoolboys have created history by becoming the first team outside of the Asian sub-continent to participate in the competition which started in 2011 and was won by a Sri Lankan school team. 

During their preparation for the tour, experienced West Indian sports broadcaster Brij Parasnath assisted team coach Keshava Ramphal in helping get the players fired up to return home triumphant.

Parasnath delivered a motivation/mental toughness session during their intense preparations at the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre, NCC, Balmain. 

He also shared useful information with team members and officials during their two successful T20 practise matches against a UWI St Augustine Campus selection at St Augustine and a University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) team at their O’meara Campus before their departure. 

The respected broadcaster called upon the players to take their training sessions and practise matches seriously with an aim to improve all areas of their game plan. He stressed that: “Whatever you do in your training session will reflect and materialise in the actual game situations. It’s important to be dedicated and learn from each workout as it will eventually help to raise everyone’s overall performance. Total team spirit is essential and eventually you will achieve the team goals.” 

Parasnath also outlined some of the major benefits for the tour and attempted to get the players to be highly motivated and to perform at their best.

He advised the players that “they will be seen not only as the Trinidad and Tobago team but as a West Indies schoolboys team and that they have a much bigger responsibility and strive to win the competition and create a positive legacy for other teams from the Caribbean region. Every member must be a very good ambassador for the region and the game.” 

In the motivation session, Parasnath stressed that: “As the only team from the region, this Trinidad and Tobago schoolboys team will not only be seen and talked about as a TT team but as a West Indies schoolboys team.

So it’s imperative that all team members conduct themselves in the best possible manner and fight hard to emerge victorious in the tournament. Every player associated with the team must do everything to create a positive impression.” 

Parasnath also challenged them to return home triumphant and said: “The mission is to not only create a big impact, like the Daren Ganga-led TT senior team in the 2009 Champions League; but to achieve a better overall result and win the tournament.

This is a golden opportunity to showcase your talents and abilities and also enhance your chances of playing at the higher levels.” 

TEAM: Jovan Ali (Naparima College, Captain); Nicholas Pooran (Naparima College, Vice-Captain); Jesse Bootan (Hillview College); Jeremy Solozano (Hillview College); Bryan Charles (Presentation College, Chaguanas); Tion Webster (Barataria Secondary); Brian Christmas (Trinity College East); Dominic Nandlal (Siparia Secondary); Camillo Carimbocas (Fatima College); Shaquille McDavid (El Dorado East); Joshua Ramdoo (Fatima College); Justin Joseph (Carapichaima East Secondary); Miles Riley (Success Laventille Secondary); Matthew Hollingsworth (Fatima College) and Dejourn Charles (Signal Hill Secondary).

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday Newspaper.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 04:58