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HEADLINE: Cricketers Do Not Train Hard Enough

 
CaribbeanCricket.com 2019-01-06 06:49:06 

One of Jamaica's top track and field coaches also happens to be a real cricket fan. I remember having a conversation with him after another disappointing day of watching the West Indies at Sabina Park. He made a statement that has stayed with me for years.

He said that cricket was the only sport he knew of where actual competition was harder than training. He said that until we fixed that, West Indies cricket was going to be lagging behind. He didn't watch cricket, or cricket training, outside of the Caribbean, so his utterance must be taken in a West Indian context.

The more I watch and cover cricket in the region, the more I agree with him. In track and field, an athlete preparing for the Olympics in the summer starts his background training in November of the previous year. Footballers regularly play two or more hours on the training field in preparation for a 90-minute game. The top schoolboy teams will start intense training at least two months before competition. In cricket, the average batsman needs to bat two sessions to score a first-class hundred. That is approximately four hours batting.

I have watched cricket training at all levels in the region, and I cannot recall a training session where batsmen are asked to bat four hours. Sometimes a half-hour in the nets is all they do. And then we wonder why regional batsmen struggle to bat for long periods.

 


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mikesiva 2019-01-06 08:52:23 

In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com

Quite right Orville.

 
Slipfeeler 2019-01-06 09:44:49 

T20 mentality been instilled into young cricketers, in the Yardie team, we are hard-press to find a batsman who values his wicket and willing to bat solidly for several overs. Case in point, only the non-Yardie Fuda kept the first innings going and except for a rare innings from Walton, the rest of the batsmen seem to be in a T20 mode.

 
hawk 2019-01-06 12:29:29 

haven't i not said this time and time again, cricketers must train every day, you compete successfully if you don't, our cricketers go to tour after tour with the same flaws

 
DIEHARD 2019-01-06 13:13:11 

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Stale news

 
WICFan 2019-01-06 14:48:48 

In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com

Is anyone surprised?

Professional contracts are being handed out and the performances are getting worse.

How many days a week are these guys on contracts training?
What training facilities are available to them?
Do they have strength & conditioning programs to follow?

Some English County sides travel to the Caribbean for pre-season, what are the Caribbean sides doing, having trial matches a few months after the draft.

 
positiveg 2019-01-06 15:56:22 

In reply to Slipfeeler

If T20 is their mode of thinking, I think they still at a loss. Cause no selector even for a T20 team would pick you if you still don't have a proper temperament and skill level. Not staying out in the middle long enough is causing them man to short change themselves.
Cause look you see many of them get picked then dropped causebthey are found out quite easily. Some the better T20, players are decent one day players.

 
Slipfeeler 2019-01-06 18:13:55 

In reply to positiveg

The Scorpion batting is simple worrisome, at regional level they are under performing. Campbell is within sight of a WI call up and instead of sending a friendly reminder to selectors with a century or two, he is getting out cheaply against a bowling that not quite up to par. Seems like Yardie batsmen all have no interest in playing test or 4 day cricket, its either T20 or nothing.

 
Cheeks 2019-01-06 18:23:29 

This really is not news.

Coach after coach has tried to address the issue.

Allyuh Windians run dem away because players complained. The pettier and sillier ones referred to a West indian coach as Coach Uglyman because he dared to address it.

This epiphany is waaaaay late. Di horse done bolt.

 
positiveg 2019-01-06 18:58:10 

In reply to Cheeks

I agree with most your statement, but the fact the horse done bolt.
It bolt with the older ones. these young guys can still be trained.
Most them know they can never play another sport, be successful with no half-horse training.

 
solidrock 2019-01-06 19:24:41 

For years it has been evident that our young men do not train hard enough in our cricket. When our men are being paid to play for the pride and prestige of our nations and do not leave their whole effort in preparation and on the playing field...something is way wrong beyond administration. Something is wrong with our culture and society.

Our Jamaican athletes have the same level of gifts as our cricketers. but, our Jamaican athlete generally works far harder.

 
tc1 2019-01-06 21:22:38 

In reply to solidrock

U now see the light

 
imusic 2019-01-06 21:42:07 

In reply to positiveg

Cause no selector even for a T20 team would pick you if you still don't have a proper temperament and skill level. Not staying out in the middle long enough is causing them man to short change themselves.

R
I agree about needing proper temparement and skill level to be selected for any format of the game. But staying out in the middle long enough is NOT a requirement for T20 selection.

Otherwise, The Dot Brothers would be prime candidates for an IPL or BOL contract.

 
imusic 2019-01-06 21:54:27 

So hold on.

The current “Windies” Test team contains ZERO of the players alllyuh label CANCERS and PRIMA DONNAS.

You know...the ones Allyuh call mercenary, greedy, disloyal, selfish, money hungry, lazy, ill disciplined etc. The ones Allyuh say doh like to train, disrespectful to coaches and management, don’t play regional 4 day competition so that the youngsters could learn from them etc.

Allyuh call dem all kinda ting. So none of them in Allyuh West Indies team now

The “good” West Indies team is now full of committed, loyal, disciplined, well read, hard working players.

How is it even possible that this group of current “Windies” players don’t train hard enough?

They’re supposed to be everything the “cancers” and “prima donnas” are not.

And is not like they learn anything from those cancerous ones. They don’t play regional cricket remember?

There must be a mistake.

 
natty_forever 2019-01-06 22:41:30 

In reply to Cheeks... what was now required? A solution, but none from CWI. Here is one, open Academies and have the coaches work on these. U17 SPECIFICALLY.


Question: is the name calling that got him fired?

 
davo61 2019-01-06 23:24:15 

 
POINT 2019-01-07 00:38:52 

I would readily agree with the sentiments expressed here . However
it is very important to also state the
following facts .

THE WICBC HAS NEVER REALLY IN MY

OPINION , COME TO THE REALIZATION

THAT CRICKET IS A PROFESSIONAL

BUSINESS , THIS OBVIOUSLY MEANS THAT

WEST INDIES CRICKET MUST BE TREATED

VERY SERIOUSLY ; AND PROFESSIONALLY.


IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE

WICBC TO ENSURE THAT OUR PLAYERS ARE

FULLY COMPETITIVE IN THE

INTERNATIONAL CRICKET ARENA AT ALL

TIMES .


IN THIS REGARD THE WICBC HAS BEEN

WOEFULLY IRRESPONSIBLE . LET ME CITE

SOME GLARING EXAMPLES .


1. IT TOOK THE WICBC , MANY YEARS

TO COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT WHAT

WAS NEEDED IN THE REGION WAS A

REGIONAL CRICKET LEAGUE TO KEEP OUR

PLAYERS FULLY COMPETITIVE IN THE

INTERNATIONAL CRICKET ARENA .


I AM OF THE OPINION THAT THIS WAS A

DERELICTION OF ITS RESPONSIBILITY

TO WEST INDIES CRICKET . NO ONE

CAN REFUTE THIS FREAKING FACT .


THE WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD

SOMETIME AGO SENT A TEAM ON A TOUR

TO NEW ZEALAND , IN A WARM UP MATCH

PLAYERS FROM NEW ZEALAND HAD TO PLAY

FOR OUR TEAM BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT

11 WEST INDIAN PLAYERS , IN NEW

ZEALAND TO GO ON THE FIELD.


THIS OBVIOUSLY WAS A COLOSSAL

DISGRACE , SINCE IT TANGIBLY

DEMONSTRATED THE INCOMPETENCE OF THE

WICBC . THIS ALSO CANNOT BE REFUTED.


I DO NOT RECALL ANY OF THE FAUX

SPORTS IN THE REGION BEING CRITICAL

OF THIS UNPROFESSIONALISM .


FOR QUITE SOMETIME THE WICBC & OUR

PLAYERS JUST BEFORE REPRESENTING THE

REGION WERE HAVING SQUABBLES

REGARDING SALARIES .


PERHAPS THOSE IN THE WORST

INTERNATIONAL CRICKET BOARD IN THE

COMMONWEALTH BELIEVED THAT WAS A

GOOD MOTIVATION TOOL , I DO NOT

BELIEVE THE PLAYERS WERE OF THAT

OPINION , NEITHER DID I . YET THE

WICBC PERSISTED IN THIS ASININE

PLOY.


IMAGINE THE WORST INTERNATIONAL

CRICKET BOARD IN THE COMMONWEALTH ,

AKA THE WICBC HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE

FOR 90 YEARS , AND HAS BLATANTLY &

BLUNTLY REFUSED TO CHANGE ITS

STRUCTURE .


THIS IS DESPITE BAMBOOZLING THE

GENERAL PUBLIC , BY COMMISSIONING

SEVERAL REPORTS , AND ON RECEIVING

THEM THE WICBC HAS BURIED THEM .

THAT SURE AS HELL AINT

PROFESSIONALISM .


THE FACT IS THAT WE ONLY EXPECT

PROFESSIONALISM ONLY FROM OUR

PLAYERS , NEVER FROM THE WICBC OR

THE REGIONAL BOARDS . I AM REMINDED

OF THIS ADAGE :

" ONE HAND CANNOT CLAP "

TO EXPECT PROFESSIONALISM ONLY FROM

OUR PLAYERS , AND NOT FROM THOSE IN

THE GOVERNANCE OF WEST INDIES

CRICKET IS SHEER STUPIDITY , LET THE

FRAUDS IN THE SPORTS MEDIA KEEP

HARPING ONLY ABOUT THE PLAYERS WHILE

CONNIVING WITH THOSE IN THE

GOVERNANCE OF WEST INDIES CRICKET

AINT GOING TO STOP THE DOWNWARD

SPIRAL OF WEST INDIES CRICKET .


IT IS TIME TO ASK THIS SALIENT

QUESTION , WHERE THE HELL IS THE

WEHBY REPORT ?????


I AM BEGINNING TO BELIEVE THAT THE

WEHBY REPORT WILL NEVER EVER SEE THE

LIGHT OF DAY . ONCE AGAIN THE WICBC

HAS APPARENTLY BAMBOOZLED THE PEOPLE

IN THE REGION .

 
POINT 2019-01-07 00:58:11 

In reply to imusic

YOUR COMMENTS ARE NOT ONLY TRUE BUT

VERY INSIGHTFUL .

 
POINT 2019-01-07 10:22:16 

I am awaiting responses from those in
this Forum who are Sympatheres of
the Worst International Cricket Board
in the Commonwealth ; also known as
the WICBC .

I simply would like those in this Forum to factually provide evidence
that what I state in this Forum , and
especially in this Post where I have
erred in my assessment of those in
the governance of Cricket in the Region .

 
Jumpstart 2019-01-07 10:24:14 

In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com

is this news