The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday launched the A Ally and Sons Under-17 Inter-Secondary School tournament during a simple ceremony at the company’s main office in New Amsterdam.
The round-robin tournament, which is aimed at developing new talent, will commence on January 23 from 11:00h. The games will consist of two innings per side. Players eligible to participate have to be born on or before September 1, 1998.
BCB Competition Committee Chairman Carl Moore stated that 22 secondary schools from Regions Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) have confirmed participation in the tournament.
Moore described the tournament as a massive boost for Berbice cricket at the youth level as new players would be identified, and advised cricket clubs to feed from this tournament. He expressed gratitude to the management and staff of A Ally and Sons for investing in Berbice cricket.
BCB Secretary Angela Haniff echoed Moore’s sentiments and thanked the Regional Education Officer Volaika Jaikishun for the support received. She said teachers, parents, and students should make full use of this opportunity. She added that cricket was a perfect alternative to drugs and provided huge financial opportunities to cricketers and their families.
A Ally and Sons Managing Director Faizal Ally, in brief remarks, stated that his company was pleased to be associated with the BCB and was highly impressed with the work of the board over the years. Ally further stated that he was always willing to assist with school cricket and sports in general as was evident over the years.
He added that the development of young people was pivotal in the progress of any community and country as a whole and as such, his company was committed to playing its part.
The Board’s junior selectors will witness the matches to spot talent for the youth inter-county teams.
The Board is in negotiation with US-based Dalchand Rambharose, a friend of Berbice cricket, for the sponsorship of the Under-15 tournament, which will commence just after the Under-17 is completed.