Laziness killing our cricket

Teams and clubs often met and engaged in practice sessions in order to be better at the game and strengthen their chances in local competitions.

Today one hardly finds players engage din regular practice. Like many of our footballers our cricketers seem to think that they could hone their skills while involved in competition. There seems little interest in being generally fit for the competitions in which they are involved. Few local cricketers ever utilise the gym to develop themselves and even fewer practice deliberate drills to perfect their techniques.

The playing fields are generally bereft of cricketers except when the season gets going. Even the
practice nets at Arnos Vale are hardly used for the better part of the year.

There seems no genuine coaching taking place in the sport of cricket except when national representative teams are selected. This is the norm.

That is not to say that there are not some teams involved in schools cricket and in national competition where the management ensures a level of preparation but these are rare examples that are not followed by the majority of those who profess a love for the game.

Even the schools involved in the local primary and secondary schools competition, for the most part, do not engage themselves sin serious training under the watchful eyes of a cricket coach in preparation for their participation.

There is also a sense in which the players who have been exposed at the international level seem to think that when at home there are no coaches in whom they can repose enough confidence to develop their skills while here. Instead they have often been seen doing their own think, for the most part. Interestingly however, without any coaching experience themselves, they often seek to bring to the national teams once selected the training skills learnt while engage din the sport abroad.