Rayad Emrit

Rayad Emrit is a cricketer from Trinidad and Tobago who plays for the West Indies. He is an all-rounder who is a right-handed batsman and right-arm Bowler. Rayad made his One Day International (ODI) debut against India in 2007 and made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against New Zealand in January 2018. He has also captained his native Trinidad and Tobago side as well as Guyana and Barbados in domestic cricket, he’s also played in both the Pakistan and Bangladeshi premier leagues. Rayad has a highest first class score of 113 not out and best bowling figures of 6 wickets for 34 runs and was the leading wicket taker for Trinidad in 50 over cricket in 2015.

Rayad told us that he started off playing windball cricket as a child within his father’s own team, based in El Dorado where Rayad grew up. At first he was just a reserve, known as the 12th man. That meant he would normally be resigned to tasks like carrying the drinks, fetching equipment, maybe doing the odd bit of fielding but never getting the chance to either bat or bowl or ever be seen or recognised for how good he knew he could be, if just given a chance. Eventually though, that opportunity came. The team were short. Rayad was ready and from that point on, he never looked back. A lack of opportunities wasn’t the only barrier though to Rayad achieving his dreams. Cricket can be an expensive sport and sometimes Rayad explained a little initiative was needed to get what was necccesary. Rayad recalled something that’s always stuck in his mind for good reason. He told us: “I remember my dad had to throw a sou-sou (A kind of community collection), to purchase my first cricket bat, which up to this day I still have.” It wasn’t just the Sou sou though, Rayad said his father sacrificed in many ways to get him that first bat, so it’s understandable that is still has so much value to him. He recalled his family have always been supportive, although he mentioned his mother wasn’t sure about him playing cricket as a career and not furthering his education to gain more qualifications.

Rayad told us that raised in a home, where faith in God was a part of everything, he learned from a very young age that nothing is impossible with God. That belief served him well, when in 2014 he dislocated his right shoulder and was told that he may never bowl again. Rayad said “it was probably the toughest time in my career, to have a doctor telling you that. I prayed every single minute of the day and also my physio at that time Oba Gulston had me in the clinic seven days a week for two months straight. I could never forget how tiring and stressful that was but I knew that God was by my side every minute. My wife as well as my family always believed that I would get back on the playing field sooner rather than later”. Rayad certainly did comeback and more than that, he ended up as the leading wicket taker in the regional 50 over tournament for Trinidad & Tobago in 2015.

Rayad said in telling his story, he hoped it would help some of you guys, who don’t quite feel like you have the courage to fight against the odds, to do just that in order to make your dreams become a reality. He finished with a simple message which was “If you want to be successful just remember that nothing comes easy. There’s no shortcut to success.”

4 years on from that horrendous injury, Rayad has just won a league title in club cricket with Alescon Comets and is now preparing to play for the West Indies v a ‘Rest of the World Xi’ in England in May. He’ll then take part in the Caribbean Premier league and will also be looking to cement a spot in the West Indies team for a long while to come.

Well it’s been an amazing story so far into 2018 and we pray it just continues to get better.