All-weather outdoor practice facility to bolster cricket development – TDO

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The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) on Tuesday handed over the Shivnarine Chanderpaul All-weather Outdoor Practice Facility to the Everest Cricket Club, and according to Territorial Development Officer, Colin Stuart, it is a great boost towards the development of talents in Guyana.

According to Stuart, the structure opens the door for more accessibility to facilities to develop talents in the correct manner.

“Years ago when we had a lot of persons at one facility, getting access to the middle pitch was challenging. With the net facilities we have now we will be able to better manage the players and I foresee that a number of the youths during the afternoon session will be able to access the nets.”

He added, “Given it will be open throughout the day, the professional players can come and do individual work with coaches.”

GCB Secretary, Anand Sanasie, indicated this is part of the board’s plan to provide facilities to foster growth throughout the country.

On Friday, the group will unveil a similar facility at Parika-Salem Village District, while there are plans to build similar structures in West Berbice and Linden by December 2020.

The Everest facility, which is located to the northern end of the Camp Road club, costs approximately G$3.5 million.

President of the Club, Manzoor Nadir, explained it is open to other clubs free of cost, but priority will be given to club members and Guyana Jaguars and its Academy Players.

Nadir added it is noble to honour legends of the game by naming these facilities after them while they are still alive. Sanasie further added the idea is to name the other facilities after other great players or administrators of the sport, but those names will be decided by the controller(s) of said facilities.

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