A West Indies Under-16 team, captained by Trinidad and Tobago’s Vikash Mohan, left for Australia yesterday for a three-week development tour organised by All Sport Promotions in collaboration with School Sports Australia.
According to team manager Camal Basdeo, the Under-16 tour is the first of its kind to Australia and is part of a reciprocal programme started last year when the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board hosted an Australian school boys team.
All Sport general manager and tour coordinator Anthony Harford revealed that the cost of the tour is approximately $556,000, with the Trinidad and Tobago Government sponsoring $200,000 towards airfare.
School Cricket Australia is hosting the team while other sponsors, such as TSTT, contributed an undisclosed amount to cover some of the “ground expenses”.
The Under-16s were given a farewell reception by acting Australian High Commissioner James Holgate and his wife Katrina at their residence in Cascade on Tuesday night, with Dudnath Ramkessoon, first vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, giving the boys some words of advice…