The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket (T&TCB) has approved the disbursement of over $1.2 million to clubs and zones to manage and improve the affairs of local cricket for the 2013 season.
In a press release which followed a three-day retreat at the Cascadia Hotel from November 9-11, the Board noted that all seven zones, including Tobago will get $50,000 to assist in the administration of its affairs. All national league clubs will each receive $10,000.
The T&TCB executive re-stated its commitment to seek financial and other support for clubs participating in its competitions. The Board has written the Ministry of Sport, and said it was pleased that some assistance may be forthcoming from the Sport Company.
The Board also revealed it has commissioned a special team to prepare and monitor the national team for all three Regional tournaments in 2013. “Our national team will be participating in the three formats of the game during the period January 6 - May 15. The Regional Twenty-20 tournament runs from January 6 -20, while the Regional four-day tournament and 50 over competition is set to follow soon after. In addition to this, the West Indies team is due to visit Australia from February 1-14. Immediately following this, Zimbabwe will be in the Caribbean for three ODIs, two T-20’s and two test matches.”
The Board said that given the crowded schedule, it felt that special attention should be given to the national team.
“This project team will deal specifically with matters related to the national team for the regional tournaments only.”
The Board also decided that a talent search will be implemented throughout the country to raise interest and identify talent for further development. This initiative will be done on a zonal basis and a committee headed by the cricket operations manager, will take responsibility for implementation.
The Board noted that given the importance of the school system in influencing the future of our young sportsmen and women, on and off the playing fields, it had taken a decision to meet with the administrators of schools cricket, to engender greater collaboration between all three entities. “The intention is to foster increased participation by boys and girls, and to encourage healthy lifestyles and discipline through sport, in general, and cricket in particular.”
Apart from the talent search. the Board will also implement the following:
• Introduction to cricket at kindergarten level: This will see 12 teachers trained to be early inductors of cricket to pre-school children. The pilot will commence with six schools in County Caroni and six schools in Victoria. The territorial development officer of the WICB will have responsibility for this project.
• Primary schools cluster coaching (PSCL: The PSCL has proposed a unique cluster coaching concept, with selected students, at eight centres throughout T&T. The PSCL, in conjunction with the coaching and youth development committee will roll out this programme.
• Level II coaching course: A level II coaching course will be held in Trinidad from December 16-19. Twenty-eight coaches will participate in this capacity-building exercise. The TTCB has extended an invitation to the Windward and Leeward Islands Cricket Boards to each send one participant to this course. The course will be facilitated by Australian tutor Darren Holder.
The T&TCB also discussed the possibility of a collaborative effort by all National Sporting Organisations to encourage greater participation in sport by all citizens. “Our recent Olympic successes clearly demonstrate that the talent exists to produce elite athletes in various sporting disciplines.”
The Board also praised the Government’s position on programmes that have a positive impact on the nation’s youth, such as Hoop of Life, Sport for Life and related efforts.