Calls made at GCB Awards for unity on cricket issues

- Johnson and Ogle named cricketers of the year

Director of Sports Neil Kumar and Director of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Baldath Mahabir at the 16th Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Awards ceremony called for unity in resolving the issues surrounding cricket, along with the provision of an enabling environment to nurture talent and preserve the country’s rich cricket history.

The ceremony which was held at the Guyana Cricket Club (GCC) pavilion saw scores of cricketers both male and female, along with executives and representatives of clubs paying homage to the awardees for the year 2013.

Mahabir said that he felt that Guyana had “raw, uncut, untapped” talents which can be found in every village across the country and urged administrators to “find, polish and groom their gems.”  He advised, “Allow the game to strive and prosper and do your best to provide an enabling environment that will allow this game to flourish.”

The 2013 awardees with their trophies and plaques
The 2013 awardees with their trophies and plaques

Reiterating the calls of Mahabir, Kumar, in his remarks, said that he hopes the WICB and Guyana can work together towards resolving their issues. He reminded that Guyana had a rich cricket history which should be preserved and urged that everyone put aside their differences and move forward together.

National middle order batsman Leon Johnson, copped the prestigious Male Cricketer of the Year award for his outstanding performances in the 2013 Regional Super 50 and 4-day tournaments. The left-hander was also awarded for his superb knocks against Sri Lanka and India while playing for the West Indies ‘A’ team.

Female West Indies and National player June Ogle, received the Female Cricketer of the year award based on the success she achieved in the 2013 Women’s Regional tournament.

Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was awarded for the Unique Distinction of representing the West Indies cricket team in 150 Test matches to date; a feat he achieved against India last month.

Johnson who spoke on behalf of the awardees, thanked the board for their support and recognition while lauding his teammates for their performance.

List of awardees:

Khemraj Chanderpaul collects the trophy for his son, Shivnarine’s 150th Test achievement
Khemraj Chanderpaul collects the trophy for his son, Shivnarine’s 150th Test achievement

Unique Distinction of representing the WI cricket team in 150 Test matches – Shivnarine Chanderpaul

The audience at the GCB Awards ceremony
The audience at the GCB Awards ceremony

Cricketer of the year (Male) – Leon Johnson

Cricketer of the year (Female) – June Ogle

Club of the year – Albion Sports Club

Most Improved Player 2013 (Lance Gibbs Trophy) – Ronsford Beaton

Junior Cricketer of the Year (Roy Fredericks Trophy) – Tagenarine Chanderpaul

Senior Domestic Cricketer of the Year (Rohan Kanhai Trophy) – Christopher Barnwell

Leon Johnson speaks on behalf of the awardees
Leon Johnson speaks on behalf of the awardees

Senior Regional Cricketer of the Year 2013 – Veerasammy Permaul

Outstanding Performance in Regional T20 – Christopher Barnwell

Outstanding Performance at Regional Under-15 2013 – Ronaldo Alimohamed

In recognition for selection in the West Indies Under-19 team – Shimron Hetemyer, Gudakesh Motie Kanhai and Tagenarine Chanderpaul

In recognition for achievement with the West Indies ‘A’ team – Veerasammy Permaul, Leon Johnson, Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin

Highest Individual score (TCL Guyana Inc. trophy) Regional Under-19 2013 – Tagenarine Chanderpaul

Most Wickets in the tournament (TCL Guyana Inc. trophy) Regional Under-19 2013 – Gudakesh Motie Kanhai

Most Valuable Player (TCL Guyana Inc. trophy) Regional Under-19 2013 – Tagenarine Chanderpaul

 

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