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#SaveOurTallawahs: It must be done!

Friday, January 11, 2019

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Dear Editor,

With reference to the article 'Government unlikely to prevent Tallawahs from leaving Jamaica' ( Loop News, January 9, 2019) I wish to use this forum to urgently implore both the Government of Jamaica and the private sector to do what is necessary to #SaveOurTallawahs.

Whilst I fully understand the financial limitations that exist, I firmly believe that an aggressive and forthright investment in the franchise will result in not only short-term but also long-term benefits for the country.

What's more, the team itself is actually very good; it has won the competition twice (inaugural winners in 2013).

Jamaica's cricketing pedigree is revered worldwide. Are we not the nation of George Headley, Michael Holding, Jeffrey Dujon, Courtney Walsh, etc? Do we not claim to be a sporting powerhouse in spite of our small size? Is the name of the franchise, “Tallawahs”, not indicative of the very nature of Jamaicans? Wi likkle but wi tallawah!

We need to figure it out.

Let us collectively work on a solution that will not only save the franchise but will generate economic benefits for all. It can be done. It must be done!

It should be emphasised that sports like cricket have very feasible and profitable employment options for our young men and women. T20 cricket is arguably one the most lucrative forms of the game. If we reduce these options by continuing to pay lip service to our cricket do we not then force them into the very same cycle of crime that we are so desperate to end?

Think about it.

Gracia Whyte


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