West Indies cricketers Dwayne Bravo (right) and Samuel Badree is joined by Badree’s daughter Samara, ain singing Bravo’s hit ‘Champion’ in Barrackpore last weekend.
Badree’s Academy of Sport Education, BASE, was able to pull off a successful event despite the inclement weather that curtailed the main event, a North versus South windball cricket match on Saturday.
The normally quiet town of Barrackpore was buzzing with activity when international stars Dwayne and Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Lendl Simmons lined up to play against West Indian Players Jason Mohammed, Britney Cooper, Kesrick Williams and Samuel Badree, in what was expected to be an exciting encounter.
Rain came after just six overs with North galloping to 52 for 2 before play was called off. However, the huge crowd that came to witness the event was treated to a live performance by cricketer turned singer Dwayne Bravo and they seemed to enjoy that much more than the exhibition game. Badree, speaking after the event, was quite pleased with the way things went in spite of the rain. “The objective of today’s activity was for the young people to meet and greet their heroes and to see them live in our backyard. I am really thankful to all the players for making an appearance here in my home town and to assemble such a star studded cast was a tremendous effort.” Also attending the event was the Member of Parliament for Moruga/Tableland, Dr. The Honourable Lovell Francis who met the players before the toss and welcomed them to his constituency. BASE would like to thank all who supported the event, SM Jaleel Limited, Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited, Barrackpore Breakfast Shed, F and A Hardware Limited, TECU and everyone else who contributed to the success of the event. The night ended with a North versus South All Fours challenge and North demonstrated their superiority whipping South 31 to 25 in a very keenly contested segment. The people of Barrackpore will long remember this day and the children will be singing “Champion” for a long time.