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The under-15 cricket team of the Rose Hall Community Centre Cricket Club (RHCCCC) has been the recipient of 15 white cricket shirts, one box of junior cricket balls, one pair of wicket-keeping gloves and one pair of batting pads, compliments of the project “Cricket gear for young and promising cricketers in Guyana”. Top Under-15 players from RHCCCC pose with their shirts
This initiative is a venture jointly owned by Kishan Das of the USA and Anil Beharry of Guyana.
At a simple presentation held recently, Ameer Rahaman, the driving force behind this fast-rising RHCCCC, was high in praise for this noble gesture, and promised to continue to work hard to produce more players for Berbice, Guyana, and the West Indies.
Relatively young, this cricket club has already produced a West Indies Under-19 player in fast-bowling all-rounder Isai Thorne, and female star player Ashmini Munisar, a 19-year-old off spinner/batter, has been selected to represent Guyana in the upcoming Regional Female Cricket tournaments to be held here.
These two players are among many top-quality young cricketers produced by the RHCCCC, including Adrian Hetmyer and Sanjay Algoo.
Responding to the words expressed by Ameer Rahaman, Anil Beharry said he is impressed with the work of the club, and would continue to assist the RHCCCC whenever possible. “This initiative is to help identify and nurture young talents, and at the same time encourage them to educate themselves,” Beharry explained. “The project is happy to assist young players, and has reached out to many promising cricketers and clubs across the length and breadth of Guyana, and it is the hope of the initiative to assist in producing more cricketers for Guyana and West Indies,” the former Berbice Cricket Board President continued.
Total cricket-related items collected so far by this initiative is as follows: $130,000 cash, two trophies, 11 cricket boots, 17 pairs of batting pads, 19 bats, 13 pairs of batting gloves, 19 thigh pads, one wicket-keeping pad, one arm guard, six cricket bags and two helmets. In addition to the above, $600,000 worth in gear was donated by Sheik Mohamed, former national wicketkeeper /batsman.
To date, 36 young players from all three counties of Guyana have already benefited from the receipt of three junior gear bags, two trophies, one arm guard, 13 bats, one box of junior cricket balls, two helmets, nine pairs of cricket shoes, nine pairs of batting pads, one bat rubber and 11 pairs of batting gloves.
In addition, two clubs in the Pomeroon area hae benefited from two used bats. Pomeroon, Leguan, Wakenaam Cricket Committees and Cotton Tree Die Hard also received one box of red cricket balls each, while RHCCCC received two boxes of balls, fifteen white cricket shirts, one pair of junior batting pads, one pair of wicket-keeping gloves and a set of stumps and bails.
Cricket-related items, used or new, will be distributed free of cost to young and promising cricketers in Guyana. Skills, discipline and education are important characteristics of the recipients. Talent-spotting is being done across the country, and club leaders will also assist to identify talent. Progressive and well managed clubs would also benefit.
The owners of this initiative have said: “We take this opportunity to thank Javed and Imran of West Indian Sports Complex; Option Group of USA; Hilbert Foster; Bish Panday of P and P Insurance Brokers; Sean Devers; Trevis Simon; Årïêl J. Tïlkú; Aaron Beharry; Leanna Bachan and Imran Saccoor; Devon Ramnauth; Teddy Singh; Romash Munna; Ravi Etwaroo; Kelvin Brijlall; Ravin Harkishun; Surendra Harkishun; Allan Mangru; Vishal Mahabir; Sherman Austin; Huburn Evans; Rajendra Sadeo and Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall; Sheik Mohamed of Star Sports Awards and Trophies, and Ajay Gainda of Cricket Equipment Guyana; Gajanand Singh; Peter Ramkissoon; Rabindranath Saywack; Roshan Gaffoor; Ameer Rahaman; Denesh Chandrapaul and Dr Cecil Beharry.
“Thanks to the media for the role they are playing in promoting this venture. Distribution will continue. Anyone interested in contributing can contact Anil Beharry on 623-6875, or Kishan Das on 1-718-664-0896.