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Cricketers vie for Atlantic-Pollard scholarship

Wednesday, January 15 2014

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LOCAL CRICKET clubs are being asked to propose talented young cricketers who are considered worthy of receiving the 2014 Atlantic-Pollard Scholarship.

The Atlantic-Pollard Scholarship (APS) provides a unique opportunity to help talented young Trinidad and Tobago cricketers travel to England to play club cricket to improve their cricketing ability as well as develop important life skills.

Kieron Pollard is one of the highest profile limited-overs cricketers in the world. He is extremely appreciative of the game that has propelled him to super stardom – cricket has provided him with a great deal and he feels passionate about supporting others from Trinidad and Tobago in achieving their goals. The APS is just one further way of doing this.

This year, Pollard will select two young TT players who has particularly impressed him and he feels have the ability to represent the full national team and hopefully West Indies sides one day, to play club cricket in England and train with a county cricket club (in this case it would be Surrey or Middlesex), and experience a summer which may not normally be so readily accessible for them. The idea is that the APS becomes something that young cricketers in Trinidad and Tobago aspire to be part of, and accordingly Pollard, Atlantic (sponsors) and Insignia Sports provide a scholarship package which includes a bursary award, flights, accommodation, with full equipment sponsorship.

Akeal Hosein was awarded the inaugural scholarship in 2012, representing Exmouth CC in the Devon Premier League. Akeal’s UK experience expedited his development considerably and he has since featured heavily for the West Indies Under-19s and is set for higher honours sooner rather than later. Last season’s scholarship was awarded to Trinidad and Tobago Under- 19 keeper-batsman, Savion Lara – cousin of Dwayne and Darren Bravo.

Lara’s ability caught Pollard’s eye and he believed that a trip to the UK would further enhance his development, resulting in Lara achieving higher honours. He excelled for Purley last season and they have been extremely impressed by the scheme.

Two players will be going to the UK this year, with Tion Webster of Queen’s Park Cricket Club already confirmed as one of 2014’s scholars.

Trials will be held for those invited by Pollard and David Furlonge, coach of Queen’s Park, at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair on Monday from 10am until 12.30 pm. But the cricketers must be at least 18 years of age, available to be in the UK from April to September, possess a clean criminal record and have a desire to play professional cricket.

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