TTCB lament loss of young cricketer
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) yesterday congratulated the West Indies T20 cricket team for their resounding unassailable victory against England in their three-match rubber after an exciting five-wicket victory on Tuesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The West Indies had earlier won the first encounter by 27 runs on Sunday at the same venue with the third and final match scheduled for today.
“The West Indies have put in two splendid performances to date against a top team. It is an indication of great things to come especially when they defend their World T20 Championship in the ICC sanctioned tournament which gets underway next week in Bangladesh,” said Azim Bassarath, president of the TTCB on Tuesday.
Bassarath also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the West Indies selectors headed by former Guyana and West Indies spinner Clyde Butts and also includes fellow ex-Test players Robert Haynes and Courtney Browne who he said were doing an excellent job of getting the T20 team “right.”
“We vociferously criticise the regional selectors when the team fails although it may not be totally their fault so in terms of fairness we should not hesitate to give them a pat on the back for a job well done across the board,” said Bassarath.
But in the midst of relishing the recent triumphs of the regional side, Bassarath said he was saddened to learn of the unfortunate fatal shooting of promising young cricketer Ackinton Walker, 18, a student of Barataria South Secondary School on Sunday night.
Walker, of Third Avenue, Barataria, died after he was shot multiple times by a man in the company of several others who were searching for Walker’s elder brother without success but instead gunned down the youngster who was sitting on the steps leading to his home.
“On behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Ackinton Walker on his tragic passing. From what we understand young Ackinton was a role model whose life revolved around school, home and church and his devotion to the game of cricket.
“He was said to be a shoo-in for the Under-19 zonal team but his dreams and hopes havebeen cut down tragically. TT has probably lost another potential Brian Lara, a Bravo or Sunil Narine. We feel that there should be more young men like Ackinton Walker if our country is to progress and come out of the crime ridden state that we have found ourselves in,” said a solemn Bassarath.