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TTCB launch talent search

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) will be undertaking a "national talent search" throughout the country to raise interest in the sport and to identify players for further development.

This is one of the decisions taken by the TTCB executive during a weekend retreat at Cascadia Hotel, St Ann's on November 9 and 10.

In a media release, the TTCB said: "This grassroots outreach initiative will be done on a zonal basis and a committee headed by the cricket operations manager, will take responsibility for implementation."

The TTCB executive approved the talent search as part of four "development initiatives".

The others as outlined in the media release are the introduction of cricket at the kindergarten level; a primary schools cluster coaching programme and a level II coaching course.

The kindergarten cricket initiative will see 12 teachers trained to be early inductors of cricket to pre-school children. The pilot will commence with six schools in County Caroni and six schools in Victoria and the territorial development officer of the WICB will have responsibility for the project.

The primary schools cluster programme, proposed by the Primary Schools Cricket League (PSCL) is a unique coaching concept which will see selected students get special training at eight centres throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

The last of the four development initiatives will see 28 coaches taking part in a level II coaching course which will be held in Trinidad from December 16-19.

The TTCB have also extended an invitation to the Windward and Leeward Islands Cricket Associations to each send one participant to the course which will be facilitated by Australian tutor Darren Holder.

The TTCB executive have also commissioned a special "project team" to prepare and monitor the national senior team for all three regional tournaments in 2013.

The project team will deal specifically with matters related to the national senior team for the Caribbean Twenty20, the Regional Four Day and the Super 50 tournaments.

The Board also approved refurbishment work to the newly renamed Alloy Lequay Administration Centre which will commence soon.

The release also noted that the TTCB executive have approved the disbursement of over TT$850,000 to clubs, TT$350,000 to zones and TT$50,000 to the Tobago Cricket Association.

Each zonal club will benefit to the tune of $3,000 and each National League Club will receive $10,000.

Each of the seven zonal councils as well as the Tobago Cricket Association will receive $50,000 to assist in the administration of its affairs.

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