“BE CONFIDENT” – WEST INDIES PLAYERS TELL ST. LEONARD’S BOYS
The under-15 cricket team of the St. Leonard’s Boys Secondary School will be eagerly watching the West Indies team during their bid to retain the International Cricket Council’s World T20 Championship, which is currently underway in Bangladesh.
This is because the 18 young cricketers were able to get some insight into the approach that will be taken by the team during a training session organized by Digicel Barbados and conducted by 5 of the West Indies players while on tour in Barbados for the 3 match, T20 series against England.
On the day before the final T20 match on March 13th, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Ravi Rampaul, Denesh Ramdin and Johnson Charles, took the St. Leonard’s lads through their paces at the Kensington Oval, including warm-ups, stretches, batting, bowling and fielding drills, all while receiving a number of helpful tips, tricks and secrets from the international players.
Commercial Director of Digicel (Barbados) Limited, Alex Tasker, said the session was part of Digicel’s ongoing efforts to assist with the development of cricket in Barbados at the youth level: “Whenever the West Indies team comes to Barbados we engage some of the local school children, usually by inviting them to the matches. However, last year we endeavoured to be different by inviting aspiring young cricketers to have the training experience of a lifetime. It was so successful that we decided to have a repeat of it this year and we were happy to invite the boys for St. Leonard’s once again. By interacting directly with the West Indies players we’ve given the boys the invaluable opportunity to learn from them, as they are the ones these youngsters look up to and aspire to be like in the next 5 to 10 years.”
Over the last few years the St. Leonard’s lads have been continually improving their level of performance in the local junior competitions, becoming one of the more consistent teams, which was the reason for them being chosen the last two years.
“We will continue to look at the local youth cricketing landscape and select schools which are not only performing well, but show improvement year on year, while exhibiting a drive for success”, said Tasker.
During the session the West Indies players encouraged the under-15 boys to always maintain a high level of confidence and conviction when on the field of play, which should be backed by high levels of dedication during training and practice sessions.