West Indian legend, Brian Lara, to play leading role at 2018 bmobile Cricket Academy

The Future of Cricket

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad - October 30, 2018

Premier communications solutions provider, bmobile, has once again come forward to exercise their corporate responsibility in the interest of cricket development on a national scale. 

TSTT recently renewed its partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) to launch this year’s edition of the bmobile/TTCB Youth Cricket Academy at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva. This unique programme is a clinic for outstanding cricketers between the ages of 17 and 20 who have been identified by the sport’s governing body as future national, regional and international stars. 

The duration of this camp bowls off on October 26 and will continue over the following eight weekends with a live-in camp at the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre where great emphasis will be placed on technical work associated with their individual specialities.

Delivering the feature address at the launch was TSTT’s Senior Manager of Marketing Communications, Rhonda-Lee Yhapp, who held in high regard this progressive partnership with the TTCB.

“This is our third consecutive year partnering with the TTCB to provide our young cricketers with mentorship and support to build stronger foundations for their transition from youth to senior cricketers,” she stated. “Via our bmobile Foundation, TSTT aims to contribute to the positive development of our nation’s youth. We focus on adding value, providing technological tools for shaping a better life for citizens and supporting those things that are important to building stronger communities. Sport is one of our cornerstones in which we invest in.”

Yhapp also urged the talented bunch to capitalise on the knowledge and experience being imparted onto them from the internationally acclaimed, Lara. She reminded them of his unique perspective and generous will to share his most incisive experiences with this next generation of players. “I have no doubt that this experience will be a pivotal moment in the budding careers of participants and I encourage you to absorb everything.” 

Through bmobile’s diamond sponsorship, these young men will exclusively receive tutoring from Brand Ambassador and West Indian legend, Brian Charles Lara. Since inception of this developmental relationship between bmobile and the TTCB in 2016, Lara has been educating and mentoring participants of the Future Stars Cricket Programme. These youngsters will also be guided under the expertise of National Senior Team coaches, David and Kelvin Williams, Debideen Manick and Avidesh Samaroo among others. 

Lara though, was not present at the time due to commitments with the West Indies team in India. However, he interacted with the young men via video message, urging them to take advantage of all that has been given to them and to work hard to achieve their goals. Lara will join the bunch as soon as he returns from India.

President of the local cricket fraternity, Azim Bassarath, highlighted bmobile’s efforts for rejuvenating the Youth Cricket Academy. Bassarath also assured the Academy’s sponsors that they would indeed achieve meaningful returns on their bold venture on the cricket field. 

“Your (bmobile) contribution to cricket is timely and crucial, and we express our deepest appreciation for focusing on the human capital and look forward to many more years of fruitful and progressive results from our partnership,” he said. “We are proud to have the prestigious bmobile brand associated with this well-executed and visionary programme. bmobile is committed to national youth development and have chosen cricket as an avenue to identify and cultivate the new generation of Red Force stars, who we are certain, will go on to contribute to their families, communities and region.”

Inductee, Justyn Gangoo, who recently returned from the Cricket West Indies Under-19 Tournament, expressed great pleasure with the programme’s launch. The former Vishnu Boys College representative acknowledged the efforts of both the TTCB and main sponsors, bmobile, and eagerly awaits the start of the 2018 Academy.  

“As young cricketers, we continue to aspire to fulfil our dreams of being successful at the highest level and I am certain that by the end of this programme, we would have benefitted tremendously, as better cricketers and citizens thanks to bmobile and TTCB,” he revealed. 

Another inductee, Leonardo Francis, also shared similar insight on the live-in camp and was eager to feed off the limitless knowledge of Lara and other coaches. 

“I look forward to meeting Mr. Lara because it’s a privilege that most young, and even seasoned cricketers throughout the cricketing world can only dream of doing. To me, this interaction would greatly impact and inspire all if us, as we continue to develop,” said Francis. 

In addition to practical training on the cricket pitch, inductees will also be privy to handling media attention, motivational lectures to structure their mental preparedness, money management courses, developing self-awareness, crafting inter-personal communication, nutrition, cricket history and other aspects that are certain to contribute to their successful development as all-round historic athletes. 

bmobile/TTCB 2018 Academy Inductees - Mbeki Joseph, Nathaniel Mc David, Justyn Gangoo, Joshua James, Daniel Osouna, Teron Jadoo, Sachin Soodeen, Leonardo Francis, Darren Samlal, Antonio Gomez, Nicholas Ali, Sameer Ali, Tariq Mohammed, Rivaldo Ramlogan, Leon Bassano, Eric Garcia, Ryan Bandoo and Giovanni Letren. 

The Future of Cricket - bmobile Cricket Academy Inductees alongside the President of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath and TSTT Senior Managers Rhonda-Lee Yhapp (centre) and Graeme Suite

TSTT's Rhonda-Lee Yhapp listens attentively as the young cricketers share their career aspirations

World renowned cricketer and bmobile Brand Ambassador, Brian Lara, has been enlisted to provide coaching and mentorship to the participants of the 2018 bmobile Cricket Academy