TTCB launches hunt for pacers, keepers

Trinidad Express article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) launched a fast bowling and wicket keeping programme yesterday which is geared towards unearthing the next generation of local cricket stars.

Tarandath Sammy, one of the instructors said that the programme will be conducted in three phases.

The first phase will be zonal screening sessions, which started yesterday, for cricketers over the age of 17. The next phase is a second screening to select a squad of 20 fast bowlers and the final phase will comprise and video analysis and strength and conditioning sessions.

“The screening sessions will be conducted in all zones affiliated to the T&T Cricket Board. In addition there will be two sessions in Tobago, at Shaw Park in Scarborough and at Louis D’Or. We want to catch the young talent as early as possible to assist in grooming and fine-tuning their talent,” said Sammy.

Apart from Sammy, chairman of the East Zone of the TTCB and an experienced coach/manager, other key personnel involved in the zonal screening sessions are Alec Burns, former national fast bowler and current chairman of the national selectors, coach of the national team Kelvin Williams, assistant national coach David Williams, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Territorial Development Officer Kumar Rampat, and former national batsman Bachan Boochoon.

National coach Williams and TDO Rampat will conduct the video analysis and speed testing of the fast bowlers while Ronald Rogers, who has been associated with the successful national team will be in charge of the strength and conditioning sessions.

The screening sessions started yesterday and will end on May 17. The strength and conditioning and other technical coaching and activities will get off the ground on May 27 and end on June 28.

“We are hoping that all young cricketers with an eye on their future development will make use of this valuable opportunity and come out and participate. The programme is yet another effort by the TTCB to help our cricketers with the best human resource available to develop and maintain their supremacy in the sport,” said Sammy.

Zonal Screening Sessions


April 24, Evergreen Ground, 3.30 p.m. (contact  Randy Mangaroo 369-8260)


April 29, Brooklyn Recreation Ground, 3.30 p.m. (contact  Mitra Ragoonanan 789-9929)


May 1, National Cricket Centre, 3:30 p.m. (contact Narsingh Rambaran 



May 6, Hardial Park, 3.30 p.m. (contact Tarandath Sammy 684-9403)


May 8, 3.30 p.m. (contact Brendon Ramlal 



May 13, Sancho/St Julien, 3.30 p.m. (contact Rydell Ramsaran 



May 15, 3.30 p.m. (contact Winston Sobers 355-0304)


May 16, Shaw Park, 3.30 p.m. (contact John Pollard 721-5839)


May 17, Louis D’Or, 10.30 a.m. (contact John Pollard 721-5839)

First Published In The Trinidad Express.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 04:30