St. Vincent relish rise in regional cricket

(SportsMax) – Hosting a number of regional competitions has helped St. Vincent and the Grenadines take forward steps in regional cricket.

This is the view of Dr Kishore Shallow President of the St. Vincent and Grenadines Cricket Association, whose territory has hosted the Women’s Super50 and T20 and the U19 Championships, twice in the last three years.

The country has also hosted a number of camps.

“This has done well for the island and the association in helping the association to become closer to its stakeholders. It has helped with the increased revenue, offered us an opportunity to attract more sponsors, players have gotten additional exposure and the national association now has a stronger relationship with Cricket West Indies,” said Shallow who has been president for the past four years.

During that time has also seen the rise of players like Obed McKoy, Sunil Ambris and Kesrick Williams whose successes have also helped raise enhance the status of cricket on the island.

He is also pleased by the presence of support staff who have been selected to represent the West Indies. They include physiotherapist Denis Byam and West Indies A Panel umpire, Deighton Butler. Additionally, he boasts about Level III Coach, Samantha Lynch who is coach of the Windward Islands female team.

His advice to other administrators across the region is that they focus on cricket build relationships with stakeholders and the rest will follow.

The West Indies Under 19 Championship, three-days and 50-overs have been on in St Vincent from August 3. The tournaments end this Wednesday, August 29.

Trinidad and Tobago won the three-day competition but the 50-over title will go down to the wire with each of the top three teams losing one game each.

The next major cricket event for SVG would be a match on the four-day championship which is scheduled to start this December.