After members elected new leadership atop it’s executive committee at Cayman Cricket’s 2018 Annual General Meeting, new President Hector Robinson says he’s very optimistic about the future of the sport in the Cayman Islands.
“It’s something I wanted to do for awhile, but I was always happy to support in the background,” said Robinson. “I think it’s a very strong board. We have already had a four-hour session going through the budget for next year. It was very vigorous and engaged discussion.”
Cricket’s biggest tournament of 2019 is the Men’s T20 Americas Qualifers in May for the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 World Cup. Cayman is grouped with Bermuda, along with powerhouses Canada and the United States.
“We have it as a priority, and we have every intention of getting through those qualifiers,” said Robinson. “Our Technical Director is ensuring the team peaks at the right time.”
Robinson says Cayman will focus on the developing cricketers to play in the shorter T20 cricket format.
“I think the ICC is directing associates into that focus. Every T20 game we play is internationally recognized, and it’s what our focus is now. We haven’t given up on the longer format, but at the moment we don’t have a competition.”
After Cayman’s Under-19s were benched because of lack of participation among associate member nations, Robinson says he’s renewing efforts to bring international youth cricket to Cayman.
“We are very determined to have our youngsters play internationally. There will be a regional Under-19 tournament next year, which includes Cayman,” said Robinson. “We’ve been asked to host it, so I will be working on that immediately. I want to speak to government and sponsors to put us in a position to host it.”
As it pertains to facilities, Robinson says Cayman Cricket will focus on making Jimmy Powell it’s home. After land was officially vested for Cayman Rugby’s new grounds, said to be designed to accommodate cricket, Robinson says the association need to focus on a better short term option.
“It is a great initiative, and we would want to take advantage of the opportunity,” said Robinson. “I cannot say are we are in that position right now, because we need to focus on the Jimmy Powell Oval. We are having a workday this weekend to give it a face lift. We are hoping to play some cricket there.”
Here is Cayman Cricket’s new Executive Committee:
President: Hector Robinson
Vice President: Bruce Jalim
Treasurer: Marlon Hoyte
Secretary: Ricardo Roach
Other Board Members: Wayne Cato, Dr. Varun Chanda, Iranna Baligar, Marc Chin