BIG BROTHER PRO­GRAMME TAKES THE CARIBBEAN BY STORM

- Young crick­eters in Guyana, St. Kitts and Ne­vis and St. Lu­cia get coached up

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Burst­ing with tal­ent and en­thu­saism for the game, young crick­eters in Guyana, St. Kitts and Ne­vis and Saint Lu­cia took full ad­van­tage of an op­por­tu­nity to not only show­case their skills but also learn from, and be men­tored by, coaches and play­ers from the Hero Caribbean Pre­mier League (CPL) fran­chises. They were part of the Dig­i­cel Big Brother pro­gramme which fo­cuses on en­sur­ing that young crick­eters are tech­ni­cally sound in bat­ting, bowl­ing, field­ing and, above all, at­ti­tude.

The high­light was Saint Lu­cia where things took an ex­cit­ing twist as it fea­tured all girls – a first for any cricket pro­gramme across the Caribbean. The girls were coached by Daren Sammy, cap­tain of the CPL team, St. Lu­cia Stars.

Cheer­ing on the par­tic­i­pants, Dig­i­cel Head of Spon­sor­ship, Ben Bradley, said, “The pro­gramme is do­ing great so far and this goes be­yond the train­ing and coach­ing. This is all about the kids and, af­ter see­ing the smiles and look on their faces in awe of the crick­eters, you know it’s all worth it.”

Call­ing it an “awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence”, young Saint Lu­cian crick­eter Silva Au­gustin shared, “Firstly, it was won­der­ful. I al­ready knew how to bat but from lis­ten­ing and learn­ing from play­ers like Daren Sammy I know I have some ways to go. Over­all, it was fun and ex­cit­ing. I al­ways wanted to have cricket as a ca­reer and now I know what it takes.”

The Big Brother pro­gramme has also rolled into Ja­maica and Trinidad and Tobago with train­ing ses­sions led by play­ers from CPL teams - the Ja­maica Tallawahs and Trin­bago Knight Rid­ers.

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