TTCB members Bassarath, Sammy for Dollar Cricket Awards
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - Thousands of dollars will be spent today when the Award function of the ISACA-sponsored Penal/Quinam Government Primary School Inter Class Dollar Cricket Tournament is held at the school’s compound from 9:30am.
And the initiative of the tournament which was drafted by Fizes Hosein— President of the International Sports and Cultural Organisation (ISACA), has generated such interest that it has gained the attention of members of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board of Control (TTCB).
TTCB President Azim Bassarath, Dr Allen Sammy and Ian Ramlal— the board’s representative from the primary schools are all expected at the function along with other dignitaries from ISACA and the school’s staff.
The tournament enabled young budding cricketers to aspire to be what they want to be in sports.
Players will be given $1 for each run scored; $1 for each wicket taken; $4 for each boundary that was hit and $10 for each six. In addition the winning team will pocket $500 an a challenge trophy while the runners-up will walk away with $300. Third will receive $200.
Yesterday Hosein said he understands that there is a player at the age of five years who got a hat-trick of wickets during the tournament. “That player will be given $100 which is in addition to the other cash incentives that he will be receiving this morning.”
The dollar cricket is a spin-off from the Triangular Dollar Cricket tournament which Hosein himself introduced at schools on the North Coast.
Newsday understand that Bassarath and Sammy have embraced the concept of the tournament and could lobby to have it introduced at the country’s top-flight domestic cricket league.
It is understood however that already there are calls for the dollar cricket tourney to be introduced to schools in Central, East and North Trinidad as well as in Tobago.
Hosein explained that the idea came out of a desire by him to see overall development in academics and sports at the nation’s primary schools. He insists that this development will assist in the battle against juvenile delinquency, school drop-outs, crime and other social ills affecting the youth today.
And according to Hosein this idea is also targeting the low productivity levels at the workplace. “Once young people develop the discipline needed to perform at sports then it will be natural for them when they go to their respective jobs on a daily basis. This will increase productivity and by extension build a better Trinidad and Tobago in the coming years” Hosein said.
After the completion of the awards function today, attempts will be made for the tournament to be introduced to other schools in rural and urban TT.