Cayman Cricket to host England legend Graham Gooch

Following a successful T20 World Cup Qualifying tour in Argentina, Cayman Cricket has its eyes firmly fixed on the next target – a weekend of fundraising events guest-starring former England cricket captain, Graham Gooch. The association is in a drive to raise funds to support youth development.

The legendary English batsman will be visiting the Cayman Islands from the 16– 20 May to take part in a series of events and activities to raise funds in support of cricket development in the Cayman Islands.

Gooch will be in Cayman to help Cayman Cricket promote its “All-Out” fundraising weekend. This consists of “All-Out @ North Sound Golf Club”, a golf tournament on Friday, May 18, 2018 at North Sound Golf Club, and “All-Out @ Morgan’s Pavilion”, an all-inclusive summer party at Morgan’s Restaurant at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club on the evening of Saturday, May 19, 2018.

He will also make an appearance at the youth cricket coaching clinics at Smith Road Oval on the Saturday morning, 19 May.

Graham Gooch, at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. Photo © Graham Morris

“We are so excited to have Graham Gooch and his wife visiting Cayman this year – he is certainly one of the most distinguished international cricketers of his generation, and a genuine all-time great,” said Cayman Cricket’s vice president, Hector Robinson.

“We are hopeful that Mr Gooch’s presence as a player in our golf tournament, and as guest of honor at the party, will encourage the community to come out and enter a golf team or purchase tickets for the party. These events will contribute towards our aim of raising $50K to help us to further develop our youth programmes and coaching resources. It is only by investing in a long-term youth development strategy that we can build on recent success – and ensure our players are equipped to compete on a world-stage,” Robinson added.

After 118 Tests, including time as England captain, Gooch retired to coaching and became a team selector and commentator. He was an England batting coach from 2012 to 2014 and in 2009 he was inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Gooch’s visit comes on the back of legendary West Indian batting pair, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, visiting Cayman last year for Cayman Cricket’s “Legends Reunited” fundraiser.

Cayman Cricket officials said they hopes to bring more international cricket stars to the island bolster interest in and support for the sport.

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