Cricketers told to combine sports, academics
June 27, 2012 · 0 CommentsCricketers from the top two Under-13 teams in Trinidad and Tobago were told yesterday that pursuing their cricketing careers should not prevent them from excelling at their schoolwork. The advice was given by Lalman Kowlessar, second vice-president of the T&T Cricket Board, when he addressed the Central and South East teams before their scheduled final of the BG T&T Under-13 competition yesterday at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva. Kowlessar, who also heads the national Under-13 selection committee told the youngsters that their entire youthful years must not only be consumed by their cricketing pursuits. “I urge each and everyone of you to spend just as much time hitting the books because what I have observed is that too many cricketers are not doing well at school and this disturbs me a lot,” said the former History Master at Presentation College, Chaguanas.
Kowlessar also appealed to the parents of the talented cricketers to do what they can to ensure their children complete a successful combination of sport and academics so they would develop into allround citizens who can make a useful contribution to society. He said he recently met a young man who played cricket for his school, club, zone and the national team and is now a well-established plastic surgeon in the United Kingdom. “This proves that you can be a very good cricketer but also qualify in academics so that your life after cricket will be fruitful and accomplished just like on the cricket field,” said Kowlessar. He urged the players that they should be mindful the national selectors are looking at their performances keenly and they should put their hand up with an eye on the upcoming Under-13 series against Barbados.
By USPORTT Desk