Softball Cricket Goes To Cuba

Date Published: 
17-Feb-2011
Source: 
Guyana Times
Author: 
Guyana Times Staff

With the aim to promote and facilitate the beginning of softball cricket in Cuba, president of the Guyana Softball League ( GSL), Halim Khan, paid a courtesy call on the Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Her Excellency Mrs. Mitra Devi Ali, to finalise arrange ments for this new initiative.

From left to right: Two representatives from the Cuba Cricket Board and Caribbean Association of Cuba, Halim Khan (President of the Guyana Softball League) and Her Excellency Mrs. Mitra Devi Ali (Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba).

Presently there are over 800 Guyanese students in Cuba, the majority being females. As such, a programme has been designed to start softball cricket in that country. A competition, which will involve all the Guyanese students, will be held on February 23. Cricketing equipment - bats, balls and wickets, as well as rule books- have been sent to Cuba to facilitate the competition.

The competition will be a collaborative effort between the Cuba Cricket Board, the Caribbean Association of Cuba and the Guyana softball League. The heads of the Cuba Cricket Board and the Caribbean Association of Cuba, along with Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba met with the president of the Guyana softball league to iron out the details of the competition and future of softball cricket in Cuba.

In addition, another tournament is slated to be held before Guyana’s independence anniversary celebrations, with the final to be played on Independence Day, May 26.

The Cuba Cricket Board, which will be the representative body, stated that they are eagerly anticipating these competitions which they have heard so much of and promised to ensure that softball cricket is part of their year’s activities. The board further expressed the wish to see the sport enter the schools as part of the curriculum.

The Caribbean Association of Cuba remarked that they would love to have the people of Cuba experience the thrills of this brand of cricket which has brought joy to so many Guyanese. The Guyanese Ambassador to Cuba commented that she will be one of the participants and is hoping to show the Cubans what kind of talent she possesses on the field.

President of the GSL opined that softball cricket contributes to healthy living and, being an inexpensive sport, will help in building new horizons wherever it is played.