Home Sports Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh renews BCB Cricket Academy sponsorship for US$2000.
─ BCB receives donation of $600,000+
The vibrant and progressive Hilbert Foster-led Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) continues to attract the support of companies and individuals in its ongoing effort to develop Berbice Cricket even further.
On Saturday last, overseas- based Berbician Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh renewed his sponsorship of the BCB’s Annual Cricket Academy by handing over the sponsorship cheque of US$2,000 to BCB Treasurer Dr. Cecil Beharry during a special programme at the St. Francis Community Developers Centre.
BCB President, Hilbert Foster, has hailed the renewal of the Academy sponsorship as another red letter day for the BCB as it strives to fulfill its objective of developing new talent.
The BCB has the most comprehensive developmental programme of any cricket board in Guyana, and Foster has said this would continue as long as he remains BCB President.
Leadership, he said, is about visionary planning, and the BCB vision is to make sure that every youth fulfills their potential as a cricketer. Over the last 80 years, Berbice Cricket has produced 19 Test cricketers, and Foster has expressed confidence that that figure could reach 25 by 2025. With players like Romario Shepherd, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Umroa, Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Isiah Thorne and Rampersaud Ramnauth on the horizon, this hard working BCB President has predicted that the best days of Berbice Cricket are ahead. The Cricket Academy would be held for one week at the Albion Cricket Ground in mid- August. A total of 50 players between drawn from the under-13 to under-19 levels would be involved in the Academy under the supervision of a panel of coaches.
Special emphasis would be placed on physical fitness, batting, fast bowling, spin bowling, fielding, wicket keeping, and rules/history of the game. Members of the Academy would also receive a copy of the RHTY&SC/BCB Youth Information Booklet, which would enable them to participate in a series of classroom lectures on drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, suicide, importance of education, personal hygiene and public speaking.
Dr. Singh has also delivered a large quantity of specially designed pencils to the Berbice Cricket Board for members of the Academy, and also several copies of the 2019 Guyana Review Magazine which he published.
Dr. Puran Singh, younger brother of Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh, also handed over six boxes of cricket balls to the BCB, along with several score books. The balls and the score books would be shared out to clubs across Berbice as part of the Board’s outreach programme.
Dr.Tulsi has also honoured BCB President, Hilbert Foster, for his outstanding leadership by presenting him with a specially designed pen which is one of only fifteen of its kind in the world.
The BCB has also officially launched its $600,000 water pitcher programme, under which the Board would assist more than 90 cricket clubs in Berbice with water pitchers.
Sponsor of the project, Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh, officially launched the project by donating two five-gallon water pitchers to representatives of the Whim National Cricket Club and the Rose Hall Canje Cricket Club.
Clubs in the Upper Corentyne, Lower Corentyne, New Amsterdam/Canje and West Berbice areas would shortly receive their water pitchers as the Board is awaiting a shipment from overseas. The BCB has, in 2019, committed itself to assisting clubs in Berbice with more than $5 million worth of cricket balls, stumps, cricket gear, scorebooks, white T/shirts, water pitchers, educational materials, school bags, bicycles, trophies and medals, among other items. The RHTY&SC, MS, is Guyana’s leading youth and sports club. It assists the BCB to fulfill its promise by providing most of the items under its Patron’s Fund. Foster has warned the clubs that the pitchers are to be used solely to provide refreshment during matches, and not for alcoholic drinking sessions.