Monday 7th August, 2006

 

Lara named Top International Player

 
 
 
 
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BY NAZ YACOOB

WEST INDIES cricket captain Brian Lara was voted “International Player of the Year” on Saturday at the 50th annual presentation awards function of the T&T Cricket Board, held at the Eric Williams Sciences Complex at Mt Hope.

Lara got the nod after leading the regional team to victory in the One-Day Limited Overs Series against Zimbabwe and India in the Caribbean.

T&T skipper Daren Ganga who guided the country to a notable regional double success in 2005/2006 was named “National Senior Cricketer of the Year” by the executive of the local board.

And former T&T and West Indies wicketkeeper David Williams, who is the coach of the national senior team captured the T&TCB President’s Award which was at stake for the first time.

Williams received the award from his excellency Prof George Maxwell Richards.

Promising off-spinner Sunil Narine, who will lead this country’s challenge in the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 tournament, which bowls off tomorrow in Guyana was named “National Youth Cricketer of the Year”.

T&T allrounder Samuel Badree captured the coveted Carib National Cricket League “Cricketer of the Year” title, while national opening batsman Mario Belcon was voted the “Most Outstanding Player” in the Carib Sunday League Limited Overs tournament.

Hard-hitting Clico Preysal Sports and T&T middle-order batsman Shazan Babwah copped the “Most Outstanding Player” in the inaugural Carib Shield 20/20 tournament.

T&T’s most successful manager in recent times, Omar Khan, won the “Administrator of the Year” award.

The feature address was delivered by the chairman of the board of directors of the Sports Company of T&T, Gerard Ferreira.

The former national swimming coach praised the efforts of the local board, in particular president Deryck Murray and CEO and general secretary Forbes Persaud for their professional manner in which they conducted their affairs this season.

Ferreira said that the Sports Company was impressed by the initiative taken by the T&TCB with respect to their youth development programmes.

“The success of these programmes can be judged by the performances of the T&T Under-19 team in recent years,” Ferriera stated.

He said that 13 new turf pitches will be built later this year and in 2007.

G-Sports’ Naz Yacoob copped the prestigious Carib Media Award for the fourth consecutive year.

 

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