Close to 60 youngsters graduate from Albion cricket camp


At an impressive closing ceremony held at the Jai Hind Ground, President of the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club Vemen Walter congratulated the 56 young cricketers for participating in the club’s annual cricket camp and urged them to put into practice whatever they have learnt, which no doubt will assist in their cricket development.

“I must congratulate all of you for participating in this cricket academy,” he said.

Walter also encouraged the young cricketers to be disciplined, dedicated and determined, and assured that the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club will continue to invest heavily in their development.

He expressed confidence that among the youngsters who participated in the academy are more “Chattergoons, Bishoos, Permauls, Deonarines and Moties” (all Albion Test Cricketers who have passed through the Club’s Cricket Academy over the years).

President of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), Hilbert Foster, who also was present, was loud in praise for the historic Albion Community Centre Cricket Club and urged the young cricketers to work hard on their game, but also at the same time focus on their education.

The six-day academy, which commenced on August 17, saw participants being exposed to lectures/discussions on topics such as the importance of education, discipline, public speaking, substance abuse, health and safety, motivation, the laws of cricket, among others, while in the afternoon, they were are exposed to the fundamental of the game of cricket.

Among the resource personnel were Acting Secretary of the Club and popular school teacher Prem Kanhai; former Berbice Senior Inter-County and Guyana youth off-spinner Orvin Mangru; Dhanraj Arjune- Community Development Officer of Albion Estate; Manager of the GuySuCo Training Centre Jainarine Sookpaul; representatives of the Berbice Cricket Board; Sport Journalist Avenash Ramzan of the News Room, among others.

The coaching team included Albion’s Head Coach and former West Indies opening batsman Sewnarine Chattergoon, fellow Albion and West Indies cricketers Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul, national coach Eusan Crandon and Fabian Naiken.

All of the participants received a certificate of participation while trophies were presented to the following:

  • Player of the Academy- Arvin Jowahir
  • Most discipline cricketer- Kelvin Khedaroo
  • Most improved fast bowler- Nicholas Lepps
  • Most improved spin bowler- Rajesh Singh
  • Most improved batsman- Rovin Lalbeharri
  • Most improved wicket-keeper- Dion Setal
  • Most determined cricketer- Purvash Harilall
  • Best academic student- Ryan Ferreira
  • Best Under-11 batsman- Daniel Johnson
  • Most improved Under-11 fast bowler- Jayden Gobardhan

The academy was sponsored by former Albion opening batsman and current Connecticut, USA’s businessman Nizul Hussain of Northeast Connecticut Renovation and Retailers Property Management.

Hussain, a swashbuckling opening batsman who represented the Club at all levels over the years, prior to him migrating to the United States of America (USA), sponsored the academy for the second straight year to the value of over G$300,000.

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