Barbados Ready To Go One Step Further - Desmond Haynes
The Desmond Haynes Foundation
"I started my foundation earlier this year with the aim of raising enough money to provide college scholarships to young Caribbean cricketers to help them finish their education in England and, in time, Australia.
"I have been speaking to schools in the UK to get their backing and ensure that the scholarship will also develop their cricket. Education is expensive in the West Indies and I want to support some of our most promising young cricketers to ensure they have a good education to fall back on in case their cricketing career does not in the end flourish.
"I got help as a young man and I want to give back to youngsters in Barbados. I was never a selfish person and this is my way of trying to contribute."
Barbados Tridents mentor Desmond Haynes tells us that ahead of the Caribbean Premier League 2014 final, the team are ready to for their opportunity to 'one step further' than 2013, when they made the semi-finals.
Barbados take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors and Haynes reveals that the team are 'relaxed' as they prepare for the match in Saint Kitts.
He adds that the coaching staff are not putting any 'undue pressure' on the players, who are 'up for it'.
Talking more generally about the Caribbean Premier League, Haynes is delighted that such a high-profile tournament has finally come to the West Indies, offering players the chance to show their skills as they can in Australia, England and India.
As he says, if a player performs well in the CPL, then the sky is the limit.
He also talks about his role as a mentor with the Barbados team, passing on his knowledge and experience to the squad.
Finally, he gives us the latest on his own foundation, set up to help cricketers receive an education so they have something to fall back on if they don't make it.
Desmond Haynes is mentoring the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League. The Biggest Party in Sport has landed in St. Kitts as it builds up to the final on August 16th. See CPLT20.com for more details
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