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Deyal shows form off the field as well

Published: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

National cricketer Mark Deyal is making great strides off the field of play, having recently graduated with a Degree in Sports Management from the University of T&T (UTT).

The left hander who played for both T&T Red Force and the Trinbago Knight Riders has been trying very hard to mix both sports and studies and was elated to make the grade in his studies.

“I put a great effort out there on the field of play but I am always very aware that things can happen in sport that could shorten your career. I am one who believes that you must have something to fall back on when cricket is not available and this is why I have been working extremely hard off the field of play as well.”

Deyal is the son of former national opener Deonarine Deyal and the elder Deyal is proud of his achievements: “I am very proud of the efforts that Mark has been making and I want to wish him all the best as he continues on this part. He has always been a very committed guy to anything that is before him and I know that he will do in both his sport and academia.”

Left handed batsman Deyal is looking to break into the national team once again and has been knocking on the doors to selection.

Earlier this season he visited Canada, scoring runs at will for his team JB Masters in the Toronto and Districts Cricket League Elite Division.

He played eight games and scored 317 runs at an average of 63.4. Speaking to Guardian Media Sports he said: “I have been in good form and really enjoyed my stint in the Canadian league. I have been training very hard because I understand what it takes to succeed and I am putting in the hours when it comes to my training.

“I have also recently started to open the batting again and I am very comfortable. I would love to represent the T&T Red Force during the PCL.”

Deyal has been a prolific player for PowerGen in the domestic league and has also developed himself nicely as a slow bowler. Two years ago he played for the T&T Red Force in the CPL and although missing out this time he is still scoring aggressively.

Exotic trees planted around cricket centre

The third phase of the tree-planting exercise to beautify the surroundings of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board compound at Balmain in Couva was recently completed.

In attendance were president of the TTCB Azim Bassarath, first vice-president Dr Allen Sammy, and Cricket Operations Manager Dudnath Ramkeessoon along with Fizes Hosein, the brainchild behind the beautification project.

And special invitees who also participated in the exercise were children from the Angels of Hope Children’s Foundation of Lange Park, Chaguanas, who are wards of the state.

TTCB president Bassarath said that the tree-planting project has been ongoing around the Alloy Lequay Administration Centre, the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre, and along the Clifford Roach Drive which is the main roadway leading into the National Cricket Centre off the Couva Main Road.

The cricket chief said that apart from beautifying the area, the progamme is in keeping with the ideals of the TTCB with regard to protection of the environment as well as promoting the values of sustainable development.

“We have been very fortunate to have scores of young people involved in the different phases of the programme and hopefully they will learn about the different ways trees can contribute to our living space and emphasise the need for more greenery in our surroundings,” said Bassarath.

He especially thanked Hosein, a construction project manager who has been involved in tree-planting projects around the country for the past 40 years and is still engaged with national organisations, and religious and community groups to promote environmental awareness and beautification.

West Indians to benefit from soft ball initiative

A number of West Indians living in South Florida stand to benefit from a new soft ball cricket league that is about to take off.

The name of the administrative body taking charge of this is the Sunshine State Softball Cricket Association (SSSCA) and it is targeting West Indians living in the area. Ramzan Roshanali the public relations officer of the newly formed body said “This body has been set up to organised and administer softball cricket games in a professional and friendly manner in Florida, USA. We have a number of West Indians living here who long to play cricket and now we are going to address this.

The league bowls off on January 21 and nine teams have confirmed to take part in the event at the Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida.

The executive of SSSCA is as follows: Devindra Devon Roy; Vice President—Leslie Lachmansingh; Treasure—Daianand Ramcharran; Public Relation Officer—Ramzan Roshani; Secretary—Ethel Janglee; Assistant Secretary/Treasure—Lloyd Persaud. Those interested can contact SSSCA at email: [email protected]; Twitter: [email protected]; Facebook: [email protected] or 954-691-6166.