Prestigious tourney to introduce future stars
Regional cricket’s future is set to get another boost.
Eight teams from five regional territories will contest the prestigious Garfield Sobers Schools International Cricket Tournament this year which commences on July 6 and concludes with the final on July 21 at Kensington Oval.
The tournament was launched this morning at Cricket Legends of Barbados with Morris Greenidge, one of the organizing committee members, revealing that as part of this year’s initiative many of the Under-19 cricketers would get the opportunity to meet and be inspired by some of the legends of the game such as Sir Garry, Sir Everton Weekes, Charlie Griffith and Seymour Nurse.
A coaching master class has also been included for this year along with an All Star match.
It was revealed that reigning champions Powergen Penal of Trinidad and Tobago would not be contesting this year’s tourney, guaranteeing that a new champion would be crowned for 2015.
Greenidge gave a brief history of the tournament that has featured the likes of former West Indies captain and batting great Brian Lara who represented his school Fatima College of Trinidad when he was a little boy.
Others who have graced the tournament and gone on to play for the regional side include Courtney Browne, Ian Bradshaw, Philo Wallace, Sherwin Campbell, Roland Holder, Darren Ganga, Dinanath Ramnarine, Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Carlos Brathwaite and Darren Bravo.
Returning this year for the tournament are Presentation College who have been faithfully participating in the tournament that has been in existence since 1987. The teams have been spilt into two zones and local schools St Leonard’s Boys, Foundation and Combermere are in zone A, while Queen’s College, The Lodge School and Alexandra are in B.
Regional schools such as Fatima College, Vishnu Boys Hindu College and Queen’s Park Club from Trinidad and Tobago will soon be making their way to Barbados. A team called Dominica Schools is also going to be in Barbados. Sedbergh and Solihull Schools from the United Kingdom are also scheduled to take part, along with Oakville Academy from Canada.
President of the Barbados Cricket Association Joel Garner said 18 grounds spread across the island would be made available for the tournament.
Sandals have come on board for the first time to join longstanding sponsors Scotiabank who was represented by marketing manager Amanda Lynch-Foster and Digicel marketing manager Crystal Smith.
General manager of Sandals Josef Zellner said his company believed it was a worthy cause to partner with such a great event.
“Sandals always try to give back to the community, especially when it comes to children, education, sports which is a very integral part of the future for a small island like Barbados,” Zellner said.
Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc representative Neville Boxhill said they always review their policy as it relates to the sponsorship of these events and going forward they were committed to scrutinizing proposals received to ensure they obtained the maximum returns of marketing dollars.
“We believe that this will result in a greater standard in event management which will take our competitiveness in attracting world class events to the next level,” Boxhill said.
The tournament will commence with an opening gala on July 6 starting at 7 p.m. at the Sea Rocks Dome on Maxwell Coast Road, Christ Church. The final will take place on July 21 at Kensington Oval. There will also be a Masters Class match on the following day July 22 at Bridgefield.