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Kallicharran embraces challenge

 FORMER West Indies batting great Alvin Kallicharran will be in Trinidad and Tobago for the next two weeks for a series of sessions with the nation’s young cricketers.

 Kallicharran, who played 66 Tests for the West Indies between 1972 and 1981, amassing 4,399 runs with 12 centuries and 21 fifties, is an invitee of the local cricket board. The left-handed Guyanese batsman will be working with the Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 national teams, each preparing for their respective regional tournaments.

Kallicharran, who resides in North Carolina, USA, will also conduct sessions with zonal affiliates of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) and is also scheduled to be in Tobago where he will be the guest of honour at the opening of the West Indies Under-17 tournament next week.

 On Tuesday, Kallicharran was the toast of the town as numerous outstanding former T&T cricketers, who played with the legend, turned up to give him a rousing “Trini” reception at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.

 Kallicharran, in his short address, said he was thrilled to be invited to T&T by the local cricket board who he said were the only cricket administrators in the region to give him the opportunity to contribute to youth cricket development.

He said that he is confident that with his wide knowledge and vast experience playing for and captaining the West Indies cricket team in a particularly troubled period in the 1970s has prepared him for the task at hand.

 Kallicharran indicated that circumstances conspired to mould him into a great player and he was grateful to have role models in former West Indies legends Sir Gary Sobers, Lance Gibbs and Rohan Kanhai and was honoured to play with Sir Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge and the battery of fast bowlers which put the region on top of the world for almost two decades.

Kallicharran added that quite apart from having natural talent, success can come to anyone but is built on hard work, practice, a willingness to learn and correct your mistakes, and a burning passion to give of your best always.

 “I am quite passionate about cricket and about young people. I think I can relate to them and enjoy the response and feedback I get. I am confident that I can add value to the local cricket programmes of the T&T Cricket Board,” said Kallicharran.

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