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A West Indies cricket giant graced the hallowed halls of Christ Church Foundation School once again and it was not former student the legendary 6-foot 8-inch Joel “Big Bird” Garner.

Current captain Jason Holder made a surprise visit to the Church Hill institution on Thursday and addressed the assembly, encouraging the students to see the value of balancing their academics with whatever extra curriculum activities they may enjoy and perhaps turn into a career.

Holder indicated that he was fortunate to go through all of the age-groups in cricket and he was blessed to make most teams at a young age, which saw him being elected to the regional team at 21.

“I was just like you, where I depended on hard work and discipline to find a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities. I grew up seeing the passion of such persons as Brian Lara, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, who inspired me.

“However, that base level of academics is critical to fall back on not only in cricket but in life. Be versatile,” Holder said.

The all-rounder indicated that the students should make their efforts worth it and worthwhile and they should never feel limited. 

In responding to a question about how he felt to be selected to captain the West Indies team, Holder said: “It was pleasing that persons saw the potential in me.”

Digicel has also announced that in an effort to preserve and give back to the sport through youth development, a unique opportunity would be launched for high schools across the country through the reintroduction of the second annual Digicel School’s Cricket Series.

The series, which will be broken down into four phases this year, was launched last Tuesday with the Digital Campaign and Voting Competition.

One registered high school in Barbados will be announced as the winner of the Digicel Youth Cricket Series coaching session, which will be organised by Digicel and the Hero Caribbean Premier League in June or July. The public will also be allowed to vote for the school which they deem to be most deserving of the coaching session.

Over 400 students across the region will participate in this year’s programme, a significant increase over last year’s numbers. (KB/PR)

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