Rivaldo Clarke at age seven was the youngest boy to play in the Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket Tournament and tomorrow he will become the youngest player at age 11 to play in the Elite Division when he walks onto the field to represent LIME.
The very young but prolific all-rounder is set to play the two-day format of the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) competition against Combined Schools at Harrison College tomorrow and which continues on Sunday.
The former Wesley Hall cricket captain will join the likes of a few West Indian icons such as Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan who also played at tender ages for elite clubs in their respective countries.
Sources close to LIME and the Clarke family said his parents were very supportive of him and comfortable with their son’s inclusion in the side and were confident he would do extremely well.
The youngster will be playing beside his cousin and mentor Ashley Nurse who currently plays for the Barbados senior team and has played one International Twenty20 for the West Indies.
Clarke, who hails from Pool, St John, already has his eyes set on becoming the youngest ever West Indian cricketer.
He first played for Wesley Hall while still in class one. In 2012, he led the school to their ninth title and in 2013 he wrote his name in the history books by becoming the first captain in the tournament to win back to back titles when he led Wesley Hall to their tenth trophy.
The youngster has already been recognized by the National Sports Council with a National Youth Award for his outstanding cricketing abilities.