FORMER Black Caps skipper Daniel Luca Vettori said he was delighted to share his experience with aspiring local cricketers at Central College ground in Lautoka yesterday.
Vettori, who is in the country as an ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation — one which works on restoring sight and ending avoidable blindness — agreed to be part the coaching clinics coinciding with the Melbourne Cricket Club development tour at Lautoka yesterday.
The 34-year-old is the eighth player in Test history to take 300 wickets and score 3000 runs being the youngest player to have represented New Zealand in Test cricket, having made his debut in 1996 at the age of 18.
Vettori said learning the basics of the game was significant for any player to do well.
"Fiji has a rich history within the game of cricket if we looked back at the record books," he said.
"I am very grateful to be here.
"For the game and the players to become better I want to see some enthusiasm in some of the teams they play for.
"Also it's more about the facility and learning the basics which I think is the starting block.
"I am always a big fan of the game and you will see a Fijian team always pops up for cricket in the Pacific and it's good to see that people love the game," Vettori said.
Cricket Fiji general manager Inoke Lesuma said the sporting body, likewise for the players, were blessed to have Vettori in the country.
"His presence alone is a boost to the young players that are here for the clinics," he said.
"We are also thankful to the Melbourne Cricket Club for their contribution in developing the game in the country," Lesuma said.