Nanthan showers TTCB with praise at Annual Awards

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Couva, Trinidad - Emmanuel Nanthan, vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) gave the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) a ringing endorsement on Friday evening in his feature speech of the TTCB Annual Awards Ceremony held at the Point Lisas/Couva Chamber of Commerce Building, Couva.

Nanthan lauded the Red Force for their endeavours in Twenty20 cricket and representing the region with distinction at the recently concluded Champions League in India. 

He noted that this country has been producing a number of quality T20 players who are being sought by franchises across the globe. 

Nanthan also congratulated this country for the successful hosting of the Caribbean T20 Tournament in January as well as merging Carnival and cricket for an explosion of fun and excitement during the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL). 

“Trinidad and Tobago have provided inspiration, leadership and exciting cricket...We at the WICB see an organisation that is strong, solid and provides leadership,” he continued. 

The WICB official also commended the Tobago House of Assembly, the Government and corporate TT for supporting regional cricket and ensuring the WICB competitions are a success. 

“You have an organisation that we find refreshing and we look up to Trinidad and Tobago because you have done well...In you the WICB is very pleased. You are the guiding light for West Indies cricket,” he said, while also describing this country as “the bigger brother” in the region. 

TTCB boss Azim Bassarath had earlier lauded the Red Force for their exploits in T20 cricket for the past year but lamented the monumental failure of the team in the Regional Super 50 and four-day competitions. 

He reminded the audience that the victorious West Indies T20 team at the World Cup had eight Trinis in the squad which is something they can be proud of. 

Meanwhile at Friday’s gala ceremony, Powergen’s Nicholas Sookdeosingh walked away unsurprisingly with the Premiership Player of the Year award after slamming two centuries (210 vs F&E Diamond United, 119 vs Bamboo SC). 

The left-hander was chosen among a list of five Cricketers of the Year which included Ryan Ramdass (Clarke Road), Dane Teelucksingh (Caldrac), Farrell Jugmohan (F&E Diamond United) and Sherwin Ganga (Powergen). 

Lendl Simmons was named the National Senior Cricketer of the Year, earning the nod ahead of Yannick Cariah, Marlon Richards, Rayad Emrit and Imran Khan. West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine got the award for International Player of the Year. 

And among the women, Technocrats’ Stacy Ann King received the Delores Thomas Trophy for Player of the Year. The five women making the shortlist were King, Lee Ann Kirby, Kirbyina Alexander, Amanda Samaroo and Britney Cooper. 

King has been stellar throughout the season and earned a number of other awards including Most Runs (Six-a-Side); Highest Individual Score, Most Runs, Batting Average (Premiership League); Most Wickets, Bowling Average (Premiership League). 

Youth sensation Jeremy Solozano earned the National Youth Cricketer of the Year award, beating Bryan Charles, Nicholas Pooran, Camilio Carimbocas and Jovan Ali for the award. 

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 03:32