schools package: PowerGen general manager Fitzroy Harewood, right, presents a sponsorship package to Secondary Schools Cricket League (SSCL) president Sookoo Sonnylal during the opening ceremony for the 2013 SSCL competition at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain Couva yesterday. –Photo: ROGER SEEPERSAD

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SSCL bowls off on Tuesday

By Roger Seepersad

The 17th season of the PowerGen-sponsored Secondary Schools Cricket League (SSCL) bowls off on Tuesday, with defending Premier Division champions Presentation College Chaguanas taking on Fatima College at Caroni Savannah Road cricket ground in Central Trinidad.

The fixtures for the upcoming season were handed out at the League's official opening of the league at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain Couva yesterday, where SSCL president Sookoo Sonnylal and PowerGen's general manager Fitzroy Harewood addressed the gathering of school cricketers.

Both Sonnylal and Harewood pointed out that the SSCL has evolved into more than just a cricket competition. They noted that the league also targets the development of future citizens.

"While the League has served its core function to date, one must not become complacent to think it has reached its optimum purpose," Sonnylal said.

"Our evolving times, rapidly changing lives seriously impact on the young cricketers under our charge and as a governing body, we must be cognisant of these influences, and from time to time alter our policies of the league so that the child may derive the most benefit," he added.

"We must not lose sight of the fact that the SSCL's goals must align with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Sport policies for the development of future citizens of Trinidad and Tobago," Sonnylal added.

He said the cricketers in the League must not just be good players, but they must also be good citizens and that they should compete in the spirit of fair play.

In his brief statement, Harewood said PowerGen were happy to be associated with the SSCL, and said it was clear in their minds that cricket and sport were important in building character, which is crucial for societies to grow from strength to strength.

He told the young cricketers that the sky is the limit for them, and urged them to recognise their potential and take advantage of the opportunities provided by the SSCL.

"In you, the participants of this league, we have planted the seeds of success which will continue to yield a bountiful crop of promising players," Harewood told the gathering.

"We are certain that in this league, there are many more future national and West Indies stars," he added.

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