Give CCC room to flour­ish

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of play­ers now has to be far dif­fer­ent than in the days of yore be­cause the en­vi­ron­ment in which they were raised could very well have an im­pact on at­ti­tudes based on how they are dealt with.

We ed­u­cate our chil­dren to be smarter than us so we have to be re­spect­ful of the knowl­edge they have gained. I agree that re­spect has to be mu­tual for in­di­vid­u­als to work to­gether and thrive to­gether but teach­ing has to be ap­plied to suit spe­cific sit­u­a­tions be­cause ev­ery in­di­vid­ual is dif­fer­ent. Do we have the right per­son­nel in place to walk our crick­eters through these men­tal changes?

Cricket will al­ways be cricket once we ad­here to the ba­sics of bat­ting, bowl­ing and field­ing. I be­lieve the train­ing of the mind is more crit­i­cal now than be­fore. The CCC is an in­sti­tu­tion that has a role to play in this re­birth, so they shouldn’t be lim­ited in any form or fash­ion.

Have fa­cil­i­ties

For sure, they have the fa­cil­i­ties to har­ness the youth re­cruited to be part of the process and they, like ev­ery­body else in other sys­tems, must have the right per­son­nel to work with them in a pro­fes­sional and pro­fi­cient man­ner.

I see CCC as an in­sti­tu­tion whose busi­ness it is to have play­ers well equipped to meet the de­mands of in­ter­na­tional cricket when­ever they get the call and in all forms of the game. We can’t limit what they should and can’t play.

What I think they should be made to stick to is the stu­dent/ player con­cept and not make any ex­pe­di­ent ar­range­ments with oth­ers in an at­tempt to strengthen their squad.

If this path isn’t fol­lowed, it means that they are vi­o­lat­ing their own phi­los­o­phy and will place enough doubt in the minds of the re­gional au­thor­i­ties that their agenda has strayed from what was set out in the be­gin­ning.

(Pic­ture cour­tesy CWI Me­dia/randy Brooks.)

CCC’S NI­CHOLAS KIRTON (right) re­ceiv­ing the Gus Lo­gie Best Fielder Award from BCA vice-pres­i­dent Calvin Hope.

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