National under-19 captain and opening batsman, Bhaskar Yadram (right) receives the SS gear bag from Elle LaRose in the presence of the proprietor of Professional Paint, Devanand Singh (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)
As part of its corporate mandate to give back to society, Professional Paint on Monday presented a brand new cricket gear bag to national under-15 captain and opening batsman, Bhaskar Yadram, who will lead the Guyana team to Jamaica today for the start of the West Indies Cricket Board Under-15 championship.
The company, which was recently formed, has branches at Montrose Public Road and Logwood, Enmore, both on the East Coast of Demerara, is a dealer in auto body paint.
The 13-year-old Yadram, the only player from East Coast Demerara to make the squad, said he was delighted to receive the SS Sunridges bag from proprietor Devanand Singh and Elle LaRose, who represented Professional Paint.
The presentation took place at Tiger Sports at Logwood, Enmore, where Yadram promised to return home with the regional under-15 title, which has eluded Guyana since 1999.
“I’m confident we can win, because we have a very good team,” the right-handed Yadram, who can also double as wicketkeeper, said. “I want to thank Professional Paint for this donation, and promise them good performances in Jamaica.”
Singh said his company is pleased to support the young cricketer, who hails from the Enterprise Busta Sports Club, East Coast Demerara, but plays for the Gandhi Youth Organisation and Guyana National Industrial Corporation in Georgetown.
“We at Professional Paint want to wish him the very best. Obviously, we want to see him make runs for the team, and more importantly, help Guyana to win the title,” Singh outlined.
Playing for Demerara in the New GPC INC. sponsored two-day under-15 Inter-county competition, Yadram emerged as the leading runscorer by quite a distance, scoring 266 runs in five innings at an impressive average of 66.50.
He impressed with 99 not out and 51 against the President’s XI, 71 and 25 against Berbice, and 20 in the lone innings against Essequibo.
Yadram, who represented Guyana for the first time at the under-15 level last year, comes from a family with a rich cricket history.
His brother Kamesh Yadram, who on Monday captained Demerara to the GTM Under-19 50-over title, represented Guyana at the under-15 level in 2010 and at the under-19 level in 2012 and earlier this year. Bhaskar’s sister, Kavita Yadram, is also a national player, representing the female under-19 team in 2010.
His father, Seemangal Yadram, played club cricket, while uncle Latchman Yadram is a Level One coach attached to the National Sports Commission.
Meanwhile, when the West Indies Cricket Board regional under-15 competition bowls off on Friday, Guyana will be in action gainst the Leeward Islands.
The Guyana under-15 team reads: Bhaskar Yadram (captain), Adrian Sukhwah (wicketkeeper), Raymond Perez, Darshan Persaud, Richie Lucknauth, Ronaldo Mohamed (vice-captain), Timothy McAlmont, Mark Williams, Sagar Hetheramani, Ashmead Nedd, Matthew Hardial, Vickram Talmakund, Christopher Latchman and Sylus Tyndall.
The six reserves are: Joel Seetaram, Jaddel McAlister, Kelvin Shewprasad, Andrew Clifford, Steve Deonarine and Joshua Harrichand.