Bishoo urges students to “chase dreams” at Digicel/Hero CPL Clinic

first_imgGuyana and Windies spinner Devendra Bishoo told youngsters at the 2018 Digicel/Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Youth Cricket Series Coaching Clinic, to never stop pursuing their dreams to become cricketers.West Indies/Guyana Amazon Warriors spinner and Digicel/CPL Ambassador, Devendra Bishoo shares some bowling tips with a student from the West Demerara Secondary SchoolBishoo, a Digicel and CPL Brand Ambassador, was the star of the clinic held at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Ground last Saturday when students of the West Demerara Secondary School benefited from tips by the Test player.The 33-year-old took time off his training schedule with the Windies team, who were preparing for the first of two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) at Providence the following day. He spent the day of coaching and inspiring the students to chase their dreams, as it was his desire as a young lad to be a professional cricketer, a dream he realised with his current position as one of the top leg-spinners in the Caribbean and the Windies’ main spin weapon over recent years.The Guyana Amazon Warriors player said that “it’s always an honour to share my knowledge and turn up to these events, because I was once like them”, as he told stories about his struggles coming up in his early years as a junior cricketer with little resources. He spoke about times when he carried bags for other cricketers and ran water for the team, before receiving the same treatment years later after he made strides.A humble Bishoo reminded the students that the dedication they apply in school was similar to what was needed when pursuing a career as a professional cricketer. The Berbician related too many of the students and teachers who quizzed him with numerous questions regarding his hard times in cricket, as well as his shining moments.In the end, it was an illustrious session, as the youngsters learnt bowling techniques and other handy tips from Bishoo, who had his hands filled with the excited students.Digicel Guyana Communications Manager Vidya Sanichara, following the session, said the company was happy to have helped facilitate another stepping-stone for the budding players, since it was their goal to continue producing cricketers from the grassroots levels.She said having students meet these international players whom they regard as idols was important for their careers as the knowledge and tips they get from these players were invaluable and as such, it was important to have these events.Apart from Bishoo, his Guyana Jaguars Head Coach Esuan Crandon and his team of Coach Michael Hyles and Clive Grimmond conducted sessions with the students in bowling, batting and fielding. Teams were divided and coaches went to work as the students from West Demerara got a huge boost in their budding careers.Students from six schools, one per participating Hero CPL country, were coached by their local CPL Coaches and got to meet and interact with a CPL player from their local team.The programme started in Barbados and then travelled to Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago before wrapping up in Guyana. Roughly 360 students across the Region had one-on-one time with their cricket idols as part of the Coaching Clinics. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

No talks about replacing Allardyce, insists ex-Hammers favourite

first_img Slaven Bilic 1 Slaven Bilic insists he is not holding talks with his former club West Ham – despite all the uncertainty surrounding the future of Sam Allardyce.Bilic, who became a fans’ favourite during his playing days in east London, has been strongly linked with the managerial post at Upton Park.Allardyce is out of contract at the end of the season and, with the club suffering a nightmare run of form in 2015, there is continued doubt over his long-term future at the Hammers.But Bilic, who is currently in charge of Besiktas in Turkey, says he cannot understand where the rumours are coming from and is adamant he has not held any discussions with the West Ham hierarchy.Bilic, speaking on Turkish website Fanatik, said: “I do not know who keeps spreading the West Ham link but I can tell you I am not in talks with the club.“My future will be decided at the end of the season with Besiktas. I am very pleased with the work I do, and think I do my job well. I have not received an offer from anyone.”Reports in Turkey have even suggested Besiktas are already lining up a replacement for Bilic and have targeted Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu. But Bilic added: “I do not believe these stories, why would the board be in talks with Mircea Lucescu? It is just ridiculous.”last_img read more