BCB Patron Vickram Bharrat to inject $3M into Berbice cricket

– Minister Dharamlall continues support of his county’s cricket

The main objective of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) in 2023 is to invest heavily in the unearthing of new cricketing talent in the Ancient County.
This would be done via an aggressive countywide coaching programme in clubs and schools, cricket tournaments at the primary and secondary levels, and assisting clubs and schools with the necessary items for them to fulfil their mandate.

BCB Patron, Natural Resources Minister Vickram Bharrat with BCB President Foster

The plans of the progressive Board on Wednesday last received a major boost when two Government Ministers renewed their commitment to play a major role in the county’s cricket development. Natural Resources Minister Vickram Bharrat and Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall held separate meetings with BCB President Hilbert Foster, and the discussions centred on the activities of the Board in 2023.
Minister Bharrat, who is also the Patron of the BCB in 2023, would be investing $3 million into the Patron Fund. Under the Fund, First-Division clubs in the county would receive $1 million in white cricket balls while the county would also benefit from coaching equipment, youth development seminars, coaching sessions, and regular upgrading sessions for cricket officials.
One such programme would be a refresher course for coaches and a captaincy seminar for all youth captains in the county. The BCB Patron also committed to playing a major role in making sure that the plans for a Berbice Under21 team tour to Jamaica in April is successful. The plan is for a 14-man squad and two officials to play three One-Day matches over a one-week visit as part of the county’s developmental programme.

BCB President Hilbert Foster with Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall

Minister Bharrat also informed the BCB that he would assist two promising Berbice players to fulfil their rich potential on the cricket field by investing in their careers. Minister Bharrat established the Fund when he was appointed Patron in 2020 and has played a major role in the rapid development of the county’s cricket over the past three years. Under the last Patron Fund, clubs received balls, hundreds of youths benefited from the hosting of four personal skills seminars, and dozens of cricketers received educational grants.
Minister Dharamlall last year assisted the BCB with the employment of 19 cricket coaches under the Government of Guyana’s 10-day part-time working programme and also supported with coaching equipment for the same programme. This year, the Berbice-born Member of Parliament would be working along with the Board to assist in the development of several concrete pitches in the county and the playing of cricket in the primary and secondary schools.
Foster expressed thanks to the two Ministers for their assistance and also hailed the Government’s massive investment in sports this year as a step in the right direction. The BCB, he stated, is very grateful for the investment that the Dr Irfaan Ali-led Government has made in the development and upgrading of several cricketing venues in Berbice. He also expressed confidence that several more venues would be upgraded in 2023.