Laziness killing our cricket

Despite the Bajan conduct on the field of play, however, no one other than the players themselves can be blamed for their demise in the middle. The talent is obviously present but the application is sadly lacking.

Talent Identification

Some years ago we saw the introduction of Kiddy Cricket sponsored by Scotiabank. The intention was to introduce youngsters to the sport of cricket through a fun approach. This was not an innovative idea since several other international sports federations (IF) have long since hit upon the idea as a mechanism to attract and sustain more adherents to their respective sporting disciplines.

Since the introduction of Kiddy Cricket we have witnessed the growth in the number of youngsters who trek to the Arnos Vale Sports Complex each Saturday morning, many deposited by their parents to benefit from the coaching offered.

Perhaps it is too early to see the fruits of these Saturday morning sessions but one would hope that it is an avenue for the introduction of basic cricketing skills to the young and to evaluate their talent for further development.

While the programme at Arnos Vale is undoubtedly a laughable undertaking one is not at all certain that the governing body for the sport has as yet embarked upon a full-fledged talent identification programme across the state, enough to feel that we are seeking out the best potential from among the nation’s children.

If the local cricket association has not yet started such a talent identification programme it would seem a most worthy exercise for the leadership to engage a number of its coaches in the exercise currently undertaken by several national sporting bodies under the ambit of the National Olympic Committee. This is one of the ways to increase significantly the pool of talented individuals available for the continued development of the sport of cricket in St Vincent and the Grenadines.