TTCB investing in youth programmes

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has ploughed close to TT$250,000 (US$40,584) into each of its seven zones during the last three years to assist with its youth developmental programmes.

This was revealed by the board’s General Secretary and CEO Forbes Persaud at the official launch on Wednesday of the High Performance Centres (HPC) programme.

The estimated cost of the HPC over the six-week period will be in the vicinity of TT$500,000 (US$81,169).

The third edition of the HPC will get underway on Friday at various centres in Trinidad and Tobago.

According to Persaud, apart from cricket, there will be resource personnel lecturing to the participants on topics such as leadership, diet and nutrition, goal setting, time management, interfacing with the media etc.

Persaud said that board’s biggest challenge is to develop the participants into well-rounded players and individuals ahead of their professional careers.

“The High Performance Centres are high on the list of the T&TCB calendar and for the first time, the U18s are being targetted. It is another phase of the board’s developmental programmes. We want to ensure that our young cricketers become well rounded and better individuals for their international careers,” Persaud stated.

Several Trinidad & Tobago Under-19 players, who participated in last month’s TCL Group West Indies Cricket Challenge in Barbados are among the cricketers taking part in the exercise, including Aaron Alfred, Yannick Ottley, Kissoondath Magram, Yannic Cariah, Rixon Maniram and Evin Lewis.

Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies Under-15 all-rounder Derone Davis is also among those participating.

Among the facilitators will be former West Indies Test players, Larry Gomes and Raphick Jumadeen.

Also speaking at the HPC launch were T&TCB president Deryck Murray and executive member, William Wallace.