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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Shot sah

West Indian cricket is a sore topic for me. I have gone through every ritual possible to try to ensure the mediocre could breathe easier. In the end though we know why WI are losing. We are just not good enough. I say we because the failure of WI cricket is a failure of Caribbean society.

Years ago a friend of mine in 1998 told a group of us a story about West Indian players she accompanied to dinner in South Africa not being able to use cutlery properly. Its not an unusual situation.

Most West Indian cricket 'fans' dont actually go to the first class games nor do they patronise the cricketers in their early years. So the average West Indian cricketer rightly sees no connection between the majority of fans and themselves. They are playing for an unassisted buck all the way from u15 cricket to the senior level playing to the applause of a hardy few and the neighborhood goats and sheep.

Then many of the Caribbean fans who are cussing their lack of committment, spend most of their day stupsing their way through work, with scant loyalty for country, employer or anything else for that matter.

Life is so logical eh.

3 comments:

Dekkah said...

"Years ago a friend of mine in 1998 told a group of us a story about West Indian players she accompanied to dinner in South Africa not being able to use cutlery properly. Its not an unusual situation."

I don't understand the point of stating the above. Most of the NBA, NFL players from the inner city don't know how either. I don't see that stopping the NBA or whatever from being successful. Maybe you meant something different.

"Most West Indian cricket 'fans' dont actually go to the first class games nor do they patronise the cricketers in their early years. So the average West Indian cricketer rightly sees no connection between the majority of fans and themselves."

Maybe not alot of the young players get support but the good ones those with promise, invariable do. They are the Devon Smiths, Wayne Phillips and Gary Princes of junior cricket. People in and out of their commuity reach out...the PS of sports, the principal of the high school they attend. Many of them are spoilt and allowed to get away with shit regularly. It is just that these guys grow up in households where the connects are not made. That is not important....they don't know how to show appreciation ...sometimes saying thanks is difficult for them. It has to start early...you can see why Devon is the most succcesful of those I called he probably was the least spoilt as a child. But now the as the most sucessful Grenadian in cricket for a while now.

Then many of the Caribbean fans who are cussing their lack of committment, spend most of their day stupsing their way through work, with scant loyalty for country, employer or anything else for that matter.

You are absolutely right on this point though. We all have to do better..much better in this regard and pass on healther attitudes towards country and work to our children.

Life is indeed logical and simple...as the saying goes...as you sew, so shall you reap.

KG said...

Hi Dekka

I disagree about the NBA. NBA teams develop their players. If their players 'reject' whats on offer thats another thing, but most NBA players come out of the NBA much better off than when they went in. WI Cricket does nothing for those guys other than grant them a paycheck.

As for the support thing. I beg to differ again. Most of these WI players have not had anyone apart from their close family or maybe a coach or two commonly available through their career. WI fc games are empty. They tour and play in empty grounds with no support. Chicken and egg I know but thats where they form their us vs them impression.

Do you really know about Devon. He is actually not a good example to use. A few years ago Devon was struggling to get a bat in Grenada, even after he come back from the WI A team tour.I know cause I tried to get him one through my old friend Roger Barnes, Cuddys old agent compadre.

You all really dont understand that its not just their upbringing at home and in their communities. Its about us, and the way we behave that shape these guys.

Dekkah said...

Oh I did understand something different on the first paragraph. I thought you were talking newish WI players. Also I am not sure about the kind of grooming provided by the NBA that you refer to but I will not argue b/c I don't know enough.

Ok you talking about crowd support during the u15-fc dayz. But in junior levels it is mostly about parent and family supoort for most sports right? But I was thinking about ppl giving support like walking the players through public sector processes such as getting passports and visas and giving money for gear and pocket change etc etc.


And no I don't know many of the details on Devon Smith but I know enough to know that from the time he showed promise in sports he was allowed to get away with stuff he shouldn't have at school etc.

And yes we will have to disagree on the home and upbringing thing too. Devon had a tough home life not spoilt by his parents at all from what I know..he is probably the least naturally talented of the three probably not the smartest either. But b/c of his tough younger days he is able to stay on course a bit more even when the ppl who should be giving him support don't.

Mind you I am not saying that parents must be too rough on thier kids but that the beginning is real important b/c after that it is tough to undo the poor habits etc.