New Cricket Association Committee To Source Scholarships For Young Players

President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney
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By Neto Baptiste

The Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) has assembled a three-member committee charged with investigating the possibilities of acquiring scholarships for young players.

This is according to president of the association, Leon Rodney, who revealed that Regis Burton, Hyram Forde and Zorol Barthley all sit on the committee that will make recommendations to the executive following its searches.

“The committee that we have set up are reasonably qualified individuals who I think will guide us down the best path, so they have to meet, and whatever decision they come up with, then bring it back to us. We are not going to be shy at all in sharing it was the public because I think it is a really good initiative to start looking for scholarships for our players, and I am sure it will help with their academics,” he said. 

Rodney said that with the US now paying more attention to the sport, it is expected that opportunities will arise for young players to get into schools because of their talents.

“I think it’s a great time because the US market has opened up to cricket, and I am sure that you would find more scholarships on that side of the world knowing the way in which they operate, more than the traditional England, Australia and so forth,” the cricket boss said.

Outside of an ongoing exchange programme organised through the Ministry of Sports where young players represent clubs in England for three months during the summer, there is no scholarship programme for cricketers.

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