The Dominica Cricket Association has thrown massive support behind Under19 cricket all-rounder, Lincoln Abe Durand.
Durand will be traveling to Antigua to participate in the Under-19 Rising Stars Training Camp to be held from September 13-23, 2019.
The U19 Rising Stars Training Camp is in preparation for the U19 2020 World Cup to be held in South Africa.
During a short ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, President of the Dominica Cricket Association, Glen Joseph, handed over a cheque of $800.00 to Durand.
“The Dominica Cricket Association will definitely be of great support to you whilst you’re out there,” Glen Joseph, President of the DCA says.
He added, “The DCA is proud to make a contribution towards your journey, there are many little things that you may need so we’re pledging a cheque of eight hundred dollars to you…it’s from us and we’re happy to make this contribution to you and we hope that it go along way.”
A further contribution of $150.00 was also made to the player by the newest board member of the DCA, Aneka.
Aneka says, “I just want to tell you that I am truly happy for you. I have a passion for youth cricket and it is always in me to always reward youth cricketers and I just want to reward you with this token of appreciation. I wish you well and hope that you stay focus and do all what you have to do. Make the best out of it.”
Meanwhile, Durand says he’s grateful to the Dominica Cricket Association for the commencement of the Cricket Academy Program which has contributed to his achievement. “I feel the academy has helped me a lot in my cricket, taught me a lot of stuff during the four years that I was there,” the all-rounder said.
Durand further stated, “While I’m getting ready to leave to go to the training camp, this presentation right here gave me a lot of encouragement – the words from the members of the association, it really gave me a confidence booster and I just want to say thank you for those words of encouragement.”
When asked about his preparation for the camp, Durand said, “the preparation I have been putting in is mainly in my fitness. I had to work really hard and I’ve just been preparing overall, batting, bowling, fielding everything. The academy really helped during that preparation as well and is just an overall preparation on my game.”
He further mentioned, “Hard work pays off and I feel the heavenly father chooses you when he feels you’re ready.
The World Cup is scheduled to take place in South Africa from January 17th to February 9th, 2020. It will be the thirteenth edition of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and the second to be held in South Africa.