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GraceKennedy Ensuring Cricket's Future

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 4:00 AM
Abhijai Mansingh (right) and his younger brother Atishai, students of Campion College in St Andrew and their mother Gunjan Mansingh, in celebration of their partnership to bring home the Grace Shield to Campion College in the recent annual GraceKennedy Financial Group sponsored ISSA Schoolboy Cricket Competition.

A number of teenage males are emerging as the future faces of the exciting game of cricket, and by so doing, are showing their talent and sportsmanship on and off the pitch.

Seventeen-year-old Abhijai Mansingh and his younger brother Atishai, students of Campion College in St Andrew and sons of Dr Akshai Mansingh, rewrote history when they beat St George's College and cemented Campion's victory for the first time in many years, in the recent GraceKennedy Financial Group Schoolboy Cricket Competitions.

The Mansingh brothers' mastery at the crease remains fresh in the minds of many, as they have made their school proud.

Abhiji Mansingh's top score to date is 206 runs against St Andrew Technical four years ago, also took nine wickets for 56 runs against Jonathan Grant High School in another match. He is captain of his team and a batsman, bowler and all-rounder.

Mansingh who has followed in his father's footsteps by venturing into cricket from a young age, says , "Cricket is a religion in my family, growing up, everything was just cricket in the house, so naturally, I just got involved with it and my family supports me," he said.

The young all-rounder credits the GraceKennedy Financial Group Schoolboy Cricket programme for playing a significant role in his development both on and off the field.

"GraceKennedy has been brilliant, giving us an opportunity to play each year at three age group levels. They have helped me to showcase my skills and test myself against other schools. GraceKennedy's overall support in Jamaica in providing sponsorships and scholarships is simply tremendous," he affirmed.

GraceKennedy has been the major sponsor of the competitions since 2001.

Now an upper sixth form student, Mansingh is proud to say, "Cricket is my life. I live to play this game. It's like food for me. If I don't play cricket I starve, once I'm playing cricket I'm happy. I play every day, whether I am on the field, watching or reading about cricket."

He harbours ambitions of becoming a professional cricketer, but also plans to become a medical doctor like his dad. "The good thing about cricket is that you can make as much money as you want, as long as you work hard," he observed.