plaques IN HAND: The graduates of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Academy pose with their plaques during the Academy's 2012 graduation ceremony at Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre in Balmain, Couva on Friday night. Third from left is Most Outstanding Inductee Vikash Mohan, Academy's Most Outstanding Batsman Ewart Nicholson is fifth from right, while Most Outstanding Bowler Khary Pierre is fifth from left. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

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Mohan 'Most Outstanding' at TTCB Academy

By Roger Seepersad

Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 skipper Vikash Mohan was voted Most Outstanding Inductee of the 2012 T&T Cricket Board Academy on Friday night.

Mohan, a former national Under-15 skipper who led the T&T Under-19s last year, won the honour ahead of Most Outstanding Batsman Ewart Nicholson and Most Outstanding Bowler Khary Pierre at the Academy, which ran from September 14 to December 2.

Of the 17 inductees, 15 received completion certificates for an 85 per cent attendance rate, from which 13 of those young cricketers got a plaque and $500 for their 100 per cent attendance record.

Inductees benefitted from 300 contact hours, including lectures and discussions as well as physical work, batting bowling and fielding.

Among the coaches that worked with the inductees were national senior coach David Williams, youth development coach Kelvin Williams, Rajendra Ramadhin, former Windies opener Gordon Greenidge, Rajendra Dhanraj and Alex Burns.

Giving the valedictorian's speech, Mohan said the Academy has helped the players improve various aspects of their game.

"At the end of the ten weeks, we were fitter, stronger more alert and more agile. Our skill level in the game was greatly improved, as was our ability to concentrate. We know where we came from...we know what is expected (of us) and we will be up to the task," said Mohan.

"This academy has been a tremendous experience for us all. It has helped us to strengthen the bond between us, making us more like a family, and I would like to thank the TTCB for giving us this great opportunity," the all-rounder concluded.

Honour Roll Most Outstanding Inductee Vikash Mohan Most Outstanding Batsman Ewart Nicholson Most Outstanding Bowler Khary Pierre Most Improved Vishal Naipaul Best Journal Andy Gobin Journal with Most Research Isaiah Rajah Spirit of the Academy Jeremy Solozano Perfect Attendance Jeremy Solozano, Jovan Ali, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Vikash Mohan, Isaiah Rajah, Nyron Motilal, Ewart Nicholson, Vishal Naipaul, Philton Williams, Andy Gobin, Adrian Cooper, Mark Deyal.

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