BASSETERRE ST. KITTS -- Development of cricket among the Federation’s youth is a goal the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has tasked itself to pursue and members of the institution’s board, management and staff are pleased with the progress that has been made so far by those who would have benefitted from its training programmes.
“Over the years, the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has made it its business to provide assistance to cricket in St. Kitts and Nevis, in particular development of youth cricket,” said the Loans Management Unit manager Mr David Fox. “Back in 2007 we did something very special and that unearthed a number of youngsters.”
Speaking on Friday June 1, as the Development Bank presented a cheque of EC$14,850 to the St. Kitts Cricket Association to assist in the hosting of the Leeward Islands Cricket Tournament, Mr Fox said that development of youth cricket programme initiated by the bank has been fairly successful and it is looking forward to seeing a Kittitian on the West Indies team in short order.
“I am proud to say that today the St. Kitts cricket squad has no less than four or five from our coaching programme with former West Indies test player, Nevisian Keith Arthurton in 2007. Nevis has stamped its mark and we are looking forward to the day when we will have the first Kittitian playing on the West Indies cricket team,” said Mr Fox.
The cheque was handed over to Mr Auckland Hector, the interim chairman of the management committee currently running the affairs of the St. Kitts Cricket Association, by Ms Danienne Brin, Executive Assistant to the bank’s General Manager, Mr Lenworth Harris. Mr Hector is the former General Manager of the Development Bank.
“The Development Bank will continue to provide this assistance,” observed Mr Fox. “We have been fortunate to have the current General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris and the former General Manager Mr Auckland Hector play cricket at the highest level in St. Kitts, and that in itself is helping to fuel our desire to see the development of cricket continue in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
According to Mr Auckland Hector, the St. Kitts Cricket Association has been invited to host the 2012 Leeward Islands Cricket Tournament with the Nevis Cricket Association. The tournament started on Friday with a match between St. Kitts and Antigua in St. Kitts and a match in Nevis between Nevis and Montserrat.
Islands taking part in this year’s tournament are Anguilla, Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis, and St. Kitts. Six matches will be hosted by St. Kitts while Nevis will host four matches. All are three day matches, each with a day’s rest.
“We have responsibility for ground transportation and meals,” said Mr Hector. “We were seeking financing for the meals, which the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has so kindly agreed to sponsor four matches. We certainly appreciate it. When I came to see Mr Harris a week ago, he was very upbeat he wanted to support cricket.”
According to Mr Hector, the management committee assumed office on February 19 after a no confidence motion against the past administration was moved by the membership. The new team will run the affairs of the association until November this year when elections will be held.
The management committee has successfully hosted two West Indies first class matches and the West Indies Women versus India Women three ODIs and are in the process of hosting the Leeward Islands Tournament now. In July they will be hosting three ODI matches, the West Indies against New Zealand.
“So one could appreciate and understand the challenges the association has had and it is very useful that the Development Bank has come on board to support the local cricket,” noted Mr Hector. “Of course Mr Harris himself has played for St. Kitts and so have I. For me, I am very appreciative for the contribution that the Development Bank is making to the St. Kitts Cricket Association.”