Sunday, February 18, 2018

Special Olympics cricketers train with WI stars


NET SESSION: West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel, right, looks on as a Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) cricketer bowls during a one-hour net session at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, on Saturday.

Mark Fraser

The Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) cricketers representing Goodwill Industries and the Life Centre got a “big boost” when they were give a unique opportunity to share the Queen’s Park Oval nets with West Indies cricketers fast-bowler Shannon Gabriel, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, off-spinner Shane Shillingford, middle-order batman Darren Bravo and skipper and wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin.

The one-hour session which was held prior to the West Indies training session at the Oval on Saturday, saw the regional players conducting a one-hour session, giving a few pointers to the cricketers who preparing for the Cricket Festival, which will take place on June 28 at Constantine Park, Macoya, where over 150 athletes will be competing.

SOTT cricket coach, David Asgarali commended Digicel and the Digicel Foundation for the tremendous support that they have been offering to the Special Olympics throughout the years and said “the Digicel initiative was definitely a “Great boost for the SOTT cricketers who could touch and talk to their stars in person.”