The 2013 Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Tournament was launched this past Thursday, July 4 at the Barbados Tourism Authority’s Headquarters in Warrens.
The Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) has secured twelve overseas teams for the 2013 edition of the Annual Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament. This year, the tournament will run from July 7 through July 25, and of the twelve teams, there is one English School and two others are first time participants of the event.
Tournament chairman, Morris Greenidge, explained that this was due largely to the efforts of the BTA’s Specialist Consultant, The Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, who spends the months of June and November of each year promoting his tournament and other events to schools across the World
This year has also seen the entry of new Caribbean participants from the neighbouring island St. Lucia, while the islands of Dominica, Trinidad and Antigua as well as Guyana continue to use the tournament as a platform for their Youth Development.
There are four local schools and teams including previous triple-crown winners, Combermere and defending Champions, the Foundation School. With a compliment of twelve in two zones, the tournament is expected to be an exciting one this year. Hopefully we’ll have good weather and good competition, said Greenidge.
The Tournament continues to be hailed as a nursery for international cricket having produced the likes of former West Indies captain, Brian Lara, Courtenay Browne, Roland Holder, Ryan Hinds, Dinanath Ramnarine, Sherwin Campbell and Philo Wallace as well as players who have represented England and South Africa at test match level. Current International players include Alistair Cooke, Dinesh Ramdin, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kevin Stoute, Daren Sammy, the Bravo Brothers and Kemar Roach.
It also proves to be a great tourism vehicle in these challenging economic times, since several team members are accompanied by their school officials, friends and relatives, resulting in greater injections of foreign exchange into the Barbadian economy.
Sports Tourism Manager at the BTA, Gregory Armstrong, remarked, The BTA continues focus on making this unique calendar event the ultimate school boy’s cricket tournament in the world.