It is TI-D ver­sus real-time

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DE BRUYN

WEST­ERN PROV­INCE’S top bowlers will have to master the Tal­ent Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and De­vel­op­ment (TI-D) Pro­gramme to im­prove their chances of rep­re­sent­ing South Africa.

In­di­vid­ual records, it seems, count for lit­tle.

The TI-D Pro­gramme is the brain­child of chief na­tional se­lec­tor The­uns Fraser.

Its pur­pose is to im­prove play­ers’ skill sets through a se­ries of train­ing drills made up of at least two 20-20 as­sess­ments and at least one com­plete set of all six T-ID ex­er­cises once a monthly un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a qual­i­fied coach.

The naysay­ers feel real-time play trumps all.

Take a guy such as Mow­bray’s Joel Roëbert.

Few in the coun­try can match the WP star in sin­gles and pairs.

The for­mer SA sin­gles fi­nal­ist has two na­tional pairs ti­tles to his name and myr­iad oth­ers at district level.

But, when he it comes to the TI-Ds, he fails to shine, prob­a­bly be­cause it’s not a real sit­u­a­tion.

Re­cently in­vited to a train­ing camp Roëbert failed to im­press in the var­i­ous drills, and marked poorly, mean­ing he’s not go­ing to re­alise a dream of play­ing for his coun­try any time soon, if ever.

His omis­sion from one of the colour-coded na­tional squads angers many in this neck of the woods who feel the sys­tem be­longs in the Ice Age.

The past suc­cesses of the WP men and women teams at the in­ter-dis­tricts plus myr­iad ti­tles picked up at the na­tion­als by club play­ers tilts you in that di­rec­tion.

TI-Ds didn’t play a part at all, pure class did.

Fraser will tell you that his pro­gramme is the be-all and end-all for all play­ers want­ing to win na­tional colours.

Last week­end’s TI-D ses­sion for lo­cal play­ers at Con­stan­tia Bowl­ing Club saw many men and women be­ing put through their paces, but will any end up catch­ing the eye of Frasers se­lec­tion panel?

I say no… but hoped to be proved wrong.

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