US Open T20 gave many players their start

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MARGATE/FL – USA: The US Open T20 tournament has given many players the start they wanted to progress into the world of T20 cricket. So says general secretary of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Surujdath Mahabir.

The highly influential Mahabir said that over the past decade many cricketers from Trinidad and Tobago have gone across to Fort Lauderdale to get their first taste of T20 cricket and of also traveling as a team to compete in foreign conditions.

“Over the years we have seen many players go Fort Lauderdale and bring back glory to Trinidad and Tobago by winning titles. In fact, there was a situation many years ago when a team from Trinidad and Tobago won back to back titles at the US Open.

“So long before our players were traveling the world playing franchise cricket, they were being prepared by the folks at the US Open T20 and we must give them thanks for the assistance they have lent to this country.

“I see in recent times, they have now opened their arms up to our young teams in their under-15 and under-17 tournaments. And lo and behold two teams from Trinidad won the titles in 2019. The under-15 title was won by Central Zone and the under-17 crown went to the impressive Kumar Rampat Cricket Academy (KRCA).

“So we here in this country owe a debt of gratitude to chairman of CCUSA Mahammad Qureshi and his executive for the work they have done in assisting this country in cricket development. It shows
that Qureshi is not only developing cricket in America but also assisting here in the Caribbean as well.”

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