GTM resumes partnership with GCB for 36th year
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Dependable middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, two former Guyana and West Indies captains, brothers Mahendra and Vishal Nagamootoo, Colin Stuart, Reon King and Andre Percival, just to name a few, are all products of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)-organised Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Insurance Company sponsored Under-19 tournament.
Yesterday, following an absence of one year, the multiple insurance service provider, through its Group Marketing Officer, Yasmin Bowman, presented the Dru Bahadur-steward GCB with a cheque for $3 875 000 to offset the expenses of this year’s Under-19 tournament, for the 36th year.
Prior to witnessing Bowman’s presentation to Honorary Secretary of the GCB Anand Sanasie, GTM’s General Manager Roger Yee said his company was pleased to be associated with the local governing body.
“On behalf of the entire GTM family, it is a privilege for us to continue to be associated with the development of cricket, not only in Guyana, but across the region as well,” said Yee.
The General Manager who, along with Sanasie, told the gathering which included Bahadur, his vice-president Alfred Mentore, Competitions Committee Chairman Colin Europe, Senior Chairman of Selectors Rayon Griffith and staff of GTM, that the partnership with the GCB is the longest in the Caribbean.
“Before we started, the GCB secretary mentioned that Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who has played with distinction over the years, participated in this tournament and we are extremely proud to hear that his son Tagenarine will now be playing in this year’s edition.
That is truly a family tradition and we wish that this year’s tournament is as successful as in times past, producing more Shivnarine Chanderpauls and I am sure I can commit to the board of GTM to continue to sponsor Under-19 cricket and to work towards the continuous development of Under-19 cricket in the region,” said Yee.
According to Sanasie, the GCB in times past has been issuing cash prizes to individual performers of the tournament, but will now be handing out cricket gear, so that those players who excel, will have something to look back to.
“The GCB has extended an invitation to the sponsors to come and witness the matches, following which they can offer feedbacks as to how we can improve the tournament in the years to come.”
Sanasie said the GCB will be playing matches in Essequibo and Berbice, with the aim of spreading the competition, while at the same time offering GTM a wider coverage and value for money. Hence limited overs matches will be played at Albion Community Centre and the Bacchus ground in Affiance Essequibo, this year.
The tournament which incolves players born on or after September 1 1994 will get under way next Wednesday with four teams - defending champions GT&T Berbice, Demerara, Essequibo and President’s XI - doing battle for supremacy in both the three-day and limited-overs version.
Apart from Albion and Essequibo, matches will be played at the Wales Community Centre, Everest, Demerara, Enmore and Georgetown Cricket Club grounds respectively.