The Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament provides invaluable opportunities for school-aged regional cricketers to experience different cultures, conditions and types of opposition.
This was the message from Minister of Family, Youth, Sports and the Environment, Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo, at a ceremony to mark the 22nd Annual Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Tournament’s Final Standings, held yesterday at the Kensington Oval.
Dr. Byer-Suckoo said that “the tournament has sought to bring high level competition to Barbados, and this year, 14 of the 22 participating teams are from overseas, which speaks to the sporting attraction of the competition”.
In addition, the Minister noted that “the travelling coaches, family members and supporters continue to testify to the importance of sport in our lives, and the cohesion it can encourage amongst families and communities”. Furthermore, Dr. Byer-Suckoo described the tournament as “a prominent feature of our sporting landscape, of which the people and Government of Barbados are indeed proud”.
The Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 cricket team emerged as champions of the tournament for the second time in a row, while the Lodge School placed second in this year’s competition.