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Cricketer’s dad heartbroken

Monday, March 31, 2014
Earl Robertson shows two trophies from his son, cricketer, Tevin Roberston, inset, and his T&T Cricket Board jacket at his Princes Town home yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH

Emotions overwhelmed heartbroken father, Earl Robertson, yesterday as he openly wept for his son national Under 19 cricketer Tevin Robertson, who was killed in a car crash Saturday morning. “He was my only child, I was so proud of him. He used to be playing cricket in the yard and saying ‘daddy, daddy, bowl me. Me and Tevin was real good, we were like brothers,” sobbed the grieving father yesterday as he clutched his collection of newspaper articles highlighting Tevin’s budding cricketing career. 


Tevin died on the spot after his vehicle crashed into a fence on the Petrotrin compound near Gasparillo. He was returning to El Dorado, where he was staying, shortly after 5 am on Saturday. It is believed he fell asleep behind the wheel and lost control of the car. Yesterday Robertson, surrounded by his son’s trophy, medals and national Under 19 sport jacket at his Contention Street, Princes Town, home said he had high hopes that his son would have been part of the nation senior team.


“He was looking forward to being on the team. He was part of the reserves for the national team and he even played against Ireland-an international team. he played top of the line. I was so proud,” Robertson said. Robertson said he used to go to all Tevin’s games, but since losing one of his legs he was challenged to go to his night matches. However, he said, his son would call him everyday and they would talk about his plans and dreams for the future.


He was still trying to come to terms with his son’s death and became emotional as he recounted the moment he received the news that Tevin was killed. Robertson said he was at his father’s home in Siparia when Tevin’s mother—Rhea St John—called him and said Tevin was a bad accident. Robertson said Tevin was well liked by his teammates at PowerGen sports club and Moosai Sports-where he was last attached.


He recounted when Denesh Ramdin-T&T captain, with whom Tevin played with at PowerGen, presented the teenager with cricket gear as a present. An autopsy is expected to performed on Tevin tomorrow. Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised. 


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