Ian Bhagwandin on board with the BCB Special Projects Fund
USA-based Guyanese Ian Bhagwandin has been providing support for the Berbice Cricket Board’s (BCB’s) “Special Projects Fund”.
This is the second time the BCB has embarked on such an initiative, following the “Balls for Second Division Teams in Berbice Project” in 2018, which was also supported by Bhagwandin.
Ian Bhagwandin has said he is pleased to be part of this initiative, and will continue to help cricket development in the Ancient County whenever possible.
Son of former long-serving Treasurer of the Berbice Cricket Board Edward Bhagwandin, Ian Bhagwandin had been a consistent performer when he represented one-time cricket powerhouse Bermine Cricket Club at the under-16 level, and Rose Hall Community Centre Cricket Club at the senior level.
The first project, Balls for 2nd Division Teams, was very successful. It raised $830,000, made possible through contributions from Brian Chunilall, Noreen Seubaran-Gaskin, Yasin Mohamed, Two Friends of BCB, Ryan and Ian Bhagwandin, Derick and Renick Beharry, Kalvin Somrah, Raj “Rebels” Mathura, Faizal Jaffarally, Bobby and Pamela Kewlachand, Mukesh Matai, Danny Somai, Yadram Bhoj, Sharmila Muneshwar, Javed Raffik, Nazim Hussain, Allan Mangru, Owen Humphrey, Sean Devers, Vijai Dass, Bhim George, Surendra Hiralall, Jack Beharry, Latcho Mohabir, Chetram Seooppersaud and Jeffrey Samaroo.
Every cricket club in the county benefited from the receipt of cricket balls, while young and promising cricketers such as West Indies Under-15 pacer Isaiah Thorne and National Under-19 opener Alex Algoo also benefited.
Already, $205,000 has been realized for this Special Projects Fund through donations received from Tyler and Mia, Kalvin Somrah, Renick Beharry, Raj Mathura and Ian Bhagwandin. They had all contributed towards the first project.
Funds from this initiative will assist cricket clubs with balls; young and promising cricketers with assistance; and the BCB to acquire cricket pitch covers so that key matches, including semi-finals and finals, can be played without any rain interruption as the board strives to spread the game across the length and breadth of the Ancient County. In addition, the BCB will consider requests for assistance as it sees fit.
Former Agriculture Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy has also donated US$2,000 worth of cricket balls to supplement this project.
Persons wishing to contribute to this project are invited to make contact with Angela Haniff on 333-2375, or Hilbert Foster on 337-4443 or 337-4562.