The Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) on Friday joined hands with insurance giant Hand-in-Hand Group of companies to launch the Hand-in-Hand 40-over second division cricket competition which is expected to commence by month end at various venues across Demerara.
Hand-in-Hand Human Resources and Administrative Manager Zaida Joaquin (second right) handing over the cheque to DCB President Raj Singh in the presence of other DCB officials and Director and Fire Manager of the insurance company, Howard Cox (Rajiv Bisnauth photo)
At the launching ceremony, held in the boardroom of Hand-in-Hand, Human Resources and Administrative Manager, Zaida Joaquin handed over an undisclosed sum of money to Raj Singh and other officials of the DCB, in the presence of Director and Fire Manager of the insurance company, Howard Cox and the media.
Speaking at the launch of the competition, Singh said that the DCB will be targeting over 100 in the teamsin the four associations with the aim of fulfilling its mandate of identifying every available talent to take Demerara cricket to the next level.
Singh further stated that the board is pleased to partner with Hand-in-Hand Insurance to stage the competition which over the years has played a major role in producing every national cricketer coming out of the county.
“This company has contributed to the most widely played cricket competition in the county of Demerara. After missing the last two years the company has now decided to renew its commitment to this premier competition so that the tremendous talent across the county can be harnessed for national selection and possible international selection.
Hand-in-Hand may very well be the longest standing sponsor of cricket through the sponsorship of this competition and the DCB is very proud to be associated with this responsible corporate citizen,” Singh added.
Cox said he was grateful that the competition will resume, adding that “the company has partnered with the DCB close to 40 years in sponsoring the competition.
“We also recognise the importance of investing at this level since this is where new talents emerge,” Cox said, adding “the company hopes that the tournament will grow in to something beneficial to both parties.”
The preliminary rounds will be played in the area associations on a knockout basis while the final will be played under lights at a venue to be determined. (Rajiv Bisnauth)