Bold ex­per­i­ments needed to help WI play­ers cope with in­ter­na­tional cricket

Stabroek News Sunday - - STABROEK SPORT -

Dear Edi­tor, Shan­non Gabriel has been the most ef­fec­tive fast bowler in the re­gion for the last two years. When in­jury kept cap­tain Ja­son Holder, the best West In­dian all-rounder, out of the team for the Bangladesh tour, Gabriel knew his pres­ence would be crit­i­cal. His suc­cess in the first test would have con­firmed this. Yet, in that very first test, he be­haved in a man­ner (us­ing his chest to in­tim­i­date an op­po­si­tion player) that led to his sus­pen­sion for the sec­ond test.

A young fast bowler who demon­strated ex­cep­tional tal­ent that even the great Gavaskar noted in In­dia play­ing 20 overs cricket last month, has al­ready been pi­geon­holed as a 20 overs crick­eter. Dar­ren Ganga, for­mer West In­dian open­ing bats­man, broad­cast­ing in Bangladesh, was asked a straight­for­ward ques­tion by a Bangladeshi broad­caster about Dar­ren Bravo not be­ing se­lected to play in the on­go­ing se­ries.

Af­ter recit­ing Bravo`s com­par­a­tively solid record and re­cent ap­pear­ances, he ended his an­swer by say­ing some­thing to the ef­fect that Bravo would be in con­tention for fu­ture se­lec­tion. The open­ing bats­men and the num­bers three and four, all of whom are tal­ented bats­men, can­not buy runs be­cause they are to­tally de­void of con­fi­dence and in­ca­pable of re­lax­ation. Het­myer can­not do it all. Man­age­ment needs bold ex­per­i­ments that are de­signed to help play­ers cope bet­ter with the pres­sure of in­ter­na­tional cricket. When a con­di­tion like this per­sists, man­age­ment must ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity and di­vest them­selves of the power to man­age. Un­less some­thing pos­i­tively dra­matic hap­pens in the re­main­ing two days, there must be a whole­sale change in man­age­ment.

Yours faith­fully, Ro­main Pitt

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