We hear of coaches being trained but see little evidence of their work in the field. Here at home, for example, it is uncommon to see players honing their skills on the various playing fields spread across the country. The coaches appear to be at work only after national training squads are selected for pending competitions.
Where then are the trained coaches?
How often do they go out to introduce the sport to youngsters?
How often do they engage in talent identification?
The efforts at organising the academy at Arnos Vale are extremely limited in scope. They wait on parents to bring their children. They do not go out to the rural areas to introduce the sport in a systematic manner and identify the more talented to engage in further training at the academy level. Instead they seem to have a totally different understanding of a sports academy.
The absence of development programmes is evident in all aspects of the sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines and the entire Windward Islands.
‘Money is no problem. The problem is no money’. These words seem to ring true for the Windward Islands cricket fraternity. There simply is no money. This may well be the reason why the Windwards were so seemingly supportive of the Allen Stanford foray into cricket in the Caribbean. His decision to make funds available to the sub region to develop the game in the respective islands sounded like music to the ears of the leadership. It meant that they would have access to funds.
Close examination of the situation of cricket in the Windwards seem to suggest that the money is really not enough to impact the sport development process where cricket is concerned.