Not so sim­ple, Kraigg

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Opinion - – CARL MOORE

Who else is there left to em­bar­rass West Indies at cricket? Tu­valu, Kiri­bati, China? Twenty-20 has de­stroyed our abil­ity to con­cen­trate. Now, the United Arab Emi­rates have come up with T-10 cricket!

Pak­istani all-rounder Mush­taq Mo­ham­mad said a few years ago: “Twenty-20 is harm­ing cricket tech­ni­cally. Bat­ting does not re­quire any tech­nique and bowlers suf­fer even more, as their pri­or­ity is to avoid be­ing hit out of the ground”.

An­other Pak­istani, fast bowler Khan Mo­ham­mad, ob­served: “Cricket is the most in­tel­lec­tual of all out­door sports. It de­mands ob­ser­va­tion, cal­cu­la­tion and judgement. It brings out qual­i­ties like courage, con­cen­tra­tion, self-re­straint and broth­erly team­work”.

Young Bar­ba­dian opener and stand-by cap­tain Kraigg Brath­waite was heard with this poignant ob­ser­va­tion af­ter Bangladesh hu­mil­i­ated us: “Test cricket is a mental game. Men­tally we prob­a­bly weren’t there . . . we have to do bet­ter as bats­men, even my­self. We can’t con­sis­tently be 30 for three. Test cricket is never easy. We have to hold up our hand and do the job. Sim­ple.”

Not so sim­ple, Mr Brath­waite.

Con­cen­tra­tion de­mands the ex­pen­di­ture of large amounts of mental en­ergy. That’s not hap­pen­ing these days in many as­pects of West In­dian life.

A de­tach­ment of the Bar­ba­dos De­fence Force march­ing in quick time on soaked grounds at Kens­ing­ton Oval for the In­de­pen­dence Pa­rade.


Kraigg Brath­waite

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