Ministry result

Rodney hopes for a closer working relationship with the Department of Sport regarding cricket in schools

President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney.

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By Neto Baptiste

Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodneyhopes to forge a more meaningful relationship with the country’s sports ministry as it seeks to improve the quality of development and/or youth competitions on offer.

The disclosure follows the cricket association’s annual general meeting and election scheduled for May 19 in the boardroom at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

“We have played age cricket tournaments almost every year except last year when we were pushed back by the government. Is one tournament enough? Maybe not, but the discussions we have had with the ministry is something that we have to keep hoping that the ministry will understand what we want to do We don’t have coaches and when we bring in coaches they obviously start looking for money and if not all, the majority of the coaches work for the ministry…we can set up a training program because we have the facilities where these players can come at least three days a week , but I think it has to be in consultation with the people at the Department of Sports,” he said.

Rodney is expected to go unchallenged in Thursday night’s election as he seeks a third term.

Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, the administrator pointed out that the association’s ability to weather the Covid-19 pandemic by staging a series of local and international matches speaks volumes about the ability of the association. executive.

“To get cricket back on the road after, or even during the pandemic, I think the association needs to be given some kind of credit and bring the final to the GCC [Coolidge Cricket Ground] where people had fun and had a really good run of games, I just think it was very good. I think the players were pretty happy playing in that atmosphere and they couldn’t have found a better outfield in Antigua to play at that time, so I think that would be a highlight. It would be remiss of me if I didn’t give the association a lot of credit for hosting all those international matches during the pandemic,” he said.

Thursday evening’s meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. All clubs will have one vote, with individual members also entitled to vote once for each vacancy.

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