West Indies news March 30, 2014

T&T U-19 pacer Tevin Robertson dies

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tevin Robertson, a member of the Trinidad &Tobago Under-19 team, has died in a car crash. Robertson, 19, was driving on a highway near Gasparillo, a town in southern Trinidad, at about 5am on Saturday, when his car crashed into a fence. He died on the spot.

Robertson was a left-arm fast bowler who had played for the T&T U-19s at the regional tournament in Barbados last year. Prior to the accident, he was part of a training camp for the T&T squad.

His mother, Rhea St John, told West Indies papers that he was a keen cricketer from an early age. "He had a passion for cricket," she said. "Since he was three years old he told me he was going to play with the West Indies team and that he would build a big house for me with a swimming pool."

West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo said: "I knew him as a young boy around the Trinidad & Tobago national team. He was very friendly, very polite, and had a good work ethic and it is just sad to hear he is gone. When I got the news I was stunned. He had a bright future ahead of him. He was a talented young bowler and we all had high hopes for him."

Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president Azim Bassarath said Robertson was a "disciplined and talented young man, who had a bright future in the game".

Team manager Manohar Ramsaran also mourned Robertson's loss. "The loss of Tevin Robertson will be felt by the local cricket community. He played an important role coming up the ranks and was called by the national selectors for trials. Tevin was a consistent performer who had a bright future ahead."