Windies crick­eters def­i­nitely need help with men­tal el­e­ment

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

Dear Edi­tor, To me, at any rate, two of the most baf­fling things about the Caribbean re­gion are (1) the re­luc­tance of so many coun­tries to make the de­ci­sion to com­plete the ar­chi­tec­ture of in­de­pen­dence by vot­ing for the CCJ as their top court to re­place the English Privy Coun­cil, and (2) the re­luc­tance of their cricket ad­min­is­tra­tors and fans to ac­cept the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of men­tal prepa­ra­tion for in­ter­na­tional cricket en­coun­ters.

In Thurs­day`s edi­tion of your pa­per Os­car Ram­jeet of­fered an ex­pla­na­tion for the CCJ is­sue which I con­fess to have never con­sid­ered and while I hope he is wrong it is the only ex­pla­na­tion I have heard that seems teth­ered to ra­tio­nal­ity. The cricket co­nun­drum re­mains un­re­solved. Wed­nes­day`s game against In­dia reached an­other low point lead­ing the cap­tain Car­los Brath­waite to re­mark that “we need to make the best de­ci­sions”. In bowl­ing, af­ter 4 overs they looked a com­pletely dif­fer­ent unit from the work­man­like one that kept the In­di­ans par­tially in check only two days ago, while the field­ing, and es­pe­cially the bat­ting, ap­peared com­pletely un­pro­fes­sional, with their top bats­man hav­ing his third early run out. At that level of com­pe­ti­tion the men­tal el­e­ment (and I am not talk­ing about book learn­ing) things like ca­pac­ity to re­lax and con­fi­dence are the keys to suc­cess. Men­tal gym­nas­tics has to be learned, pro­fes­sional help is avail­able to our play­ers and we must make use of them.

Yours faith­fully, Ro­main Pitt

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