Laziness killing our cricket

Attendance at the local game has all but whittled down to the players themselves whose numerous cars often give the impression that there are more in attendance than the reality.

Even when we host regional cricket competitions it is virtually impossible to expect any one of the stands to be individually full with paying patrons.

It should however be noted that attendance at the recent Carib Cup encounter between the Windward Islands and Barbados was the highest seen at Arnos Vale for a regional encounter in recent years.

When the One Day version of the game became fashionable the firm of East Caribbean Group of Companies (ECGC) responded favourably to a request for sponsorship of the local One Day competition. To add some flavour ECGC offered samples of its products to patrons. It did not however take long for ECGC to recognise that there was nothing to gain from continued sponsorship. There ws=ere no supports that could have justified the offering of samples. People simply took no interest in the game.

Of course had the organisers considered taking the competition to the rural areas there would probably not have been such a response from the company.

Coaching

There was a time too, when it was possible to see young men engaged in honing their cricketing skills on every playing field in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The concrete strip at the Grammar School Playing Field was almost always occupied by individuals trying to develop their prowess in their sport of choice so much so that whatever other sporting disciplines were intent on using the rest of that playing field would have had to contend with the occupants at the top end with their cricketing practice sessions.