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first_imgThe Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), on Wednesday last, received 100 copies of a specially prepared 38-page booklet on Berbice Cricket from its former Secretary, Mortimer George.Flashback! Former BCB Secretary Mortimer George (right) hands over a book he published in 2014 to former BCB President Keith FosterThe booklet, published by George as part of the BCB developmental programme, will be distributed to young cricketers who would attend the Berbice Cricket Academy, to be held from July 23 to July 28 at the Albion Sports Complex on the Corentyne.Having served as Secretary of the BCB from 1976 to 1983, George says he is delighted to be of assistance to Berbice Cricket, as he is happy with the direction in which it is heading. A close personal friend of current BCB President Hilbert Foster, George decided to do the historic booklet after Foster informed him that the Board would be hosting a Cricket Academy following an absence of five years.The former Secretary has, over the years, authored several books on Berbice Cricket, including a special edition for its 75th anniversary. He says it is important for young cricketers to be educated about the history of the game, its rules and traditions, legends of Berbice Cricket, along with historic facts. Among the articles in the booklet are Five Pillars of Development, Historic Facts of Cricket, Berbice/Guyana Test Players, Female Berbice International Players, and list of Berbice Senior Captains, among other things.BCB President, Hilbert Foster, could not contain his excitement in congratulating George on his visionary project. The main objective of the BCB, he stated, is to make sure that every young cricketer in Berbice is not only fully prepared to be a good performer on the field, but also to be an ambassador for the county, Guyana and the West Indies.The booklet, Foster has said, would be an addition to the five educational posters the BCB printed, and would be used to educate youths on every aspect of the game. The Cricket Academy, he said, would be sponsored by overseas based Guyanese Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh, and a total of 70 players would attend. Coaches Winston Smith, Andre Percival, Balram Samaroo and several pre Level One coaches would conduct the Academy.Foster has hailed George as an outstanding friend of the BCB, who has used his own funds to finance the publication of the books and booklets on Berbice Cricket.The BCB, Foster said, would forever be indebted to leaders like George, Leslie Amsterdam, Lennox Phillips, Carl Moore, Malcolm Peters, Monohar Pooran, Ancel Hazel, and Keith Foster for laying a second foundation for the current generation to build on.The BCB would celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2019, and George has plans to publish another book to mark the historic celebration. Special emphasis would be placed on the achievements of the BCB, outstanding administrators, and Berbicians who have represented Guyana and the West Indies.last_img read more