Praim Persaud Inducted Into Brampton’s Sports Hall Of Fame!

Praimnauth (Praim) Persaud made history when he
walked into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame in
2022. The former cricket player and administrator
became the first member of this fast-growing sport in
Canada to find himself inducted in the country’s most
diverse hall.
The Guyanese-born Persaud has been the driving force
behind making Brampton the cricket capital of Canada
and in 2019 he sat back and watched the city in the
spotlight when the star-studded Global T20 tournament
was played at the CAA grounds before record crowds.
Persaud was inducted into the United States of America
Cricket Hall of Fame in 2020 for his 45 years of service
to the growth and development in Quebec for 10 years
before his involvement in Ontario for the past 35 years.
The late Don Doan, who was responsible for transforming
Brampton’s recreational programs during his 37 years
with the city, recalls the phenomenal growth in the game
since 1976 when there was just one club. He said Persaud
played a major role in the growth of the game that saw
the city expand from 15 clubs to 62 in five years. In 2004
Mayor Susan Fennell and the city council threw their
support behind Persaud’s vision of growing the game by
providing more fields for the new teams. And this resulted
in Persaud expanding the Brampton-Etobicoke and
District League from 18 teams to 157, by far the largest in
the country. Persaud has continued working closely with
the city and he was recently appointed a special advisor
on cricket to the Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown.
Persaud, who is vice-president of Cricket Ontario after
serving previously as President said he
intends to continue his voluntary services
to the sport at both the league and Cricket
Ontario at the provincial level. His aim is
to ensure that cricket is finally recognized
by all governments, municipalities and city
administration as one of the mainstream
sports that deserves both the respect and
due attention as other mainline Canadian
recognized sports. With the support of
Mayor Brown, the city introduced the first
LED-lit full-size cricket field in the country.
Teramoto Park, located on Chinguacousy
Road also has upgraded spectator seating
and with all these upgrades in place,
the city is in a position to host more
competitive tournaments.

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