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As I look on from afar and listen to
comments from officials, and of course
my little inside contacts, it is clear that
all is not well with our beloved West
Indies cricket team that is touring New
The team has looked disjointed and
dispirited over the last four months and
skipper Darren Sammy, the man who was
supposed to be the great unifier, seemed
lost at sea in getting the boys together for
a winning cause.
I have covered many tournaments and
been on many tours to see how good man-
agers operate. Managers are like fathers,
mentors and disciplinarians. They have
to take the lead and not be led by their
men. I have seen the work of Omar Khan,
on whom I have written extensively, and
now comes the chance to explore one of
the best in terms of man-management
Firstly, this individual feels the pain for others
across the board. He understands the human psyche
and understands what it takes to make men tick. He
has a proven track record of success with the national
cricket team and the West Indies A team, yet men
like him are on the sidelines while our players grow
deeper in despair.
I remember my first encounter with Borde, back
in 2008 when he took the T&T team to the finals
of the Carib Beer Challenge. He had taken over from
Khan, an excellent manager himself, and immediately
started to build on the good work. He got the players
to buy into his philosophy for success. The guys
responded because some would have had dealings
with him as young cricketers coming through the
He went off the field to assist men even before
they became national players. Once a player was
spotted with talent, Borde showed an interest in
taking them to the next stage by doing a lot of prepa-
ration work with them.
When men like Keiron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo
met him at the national level, it was like a reunion
and he immediately hit it off with the players. The
guys started to believe in him and started to play for
It is amazing that Borde could have taken these
same men and defeated Middlesex with former Eng-
land captain Andrew Strauss and Murali Kartic among
others on board at the Stanford Champions Trophy
in 2008. Days after they lost by one run to England
with the mighty Fred Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen in
their ranks. At that point, Bravo and Pollard were
not even on the team, as they were otherwise engaged
and T&T had debutants like Darren Bravo, Kevon
Cooper and Daron Cruickshank.
These guys motivated to a point that they thought
they could have toppled a West Indies team in 2008.
The same year the team went on to win the Regional
Super50 crown as well. The following year the success
continued because the trend was set. The guys went
on to defend the Super50 crown.
In 2009, T&T was off to India to play in their
inaugural T20 tournament. All this team had was a
desire to win and Borde stressed to them that they
belonged there. These men were being told that they
are special and that they can beat anybody. With
this fire in them they went on to defeat many "big
name" teams and actually reached the finals losing
out to the New South Wales Blues.
Observing his success at the regional level, the
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) called up Borde
to manage the West Indies A team and no surprise
he was able to bring success. This man took on A
teams across the world and was able to gain respect
for West Indies cricket. In 2011, the Windies A won
their "test" series against Bangladesh A 2--1, won
the ODI series 2--1 and drew the T20 tournament
A tough series against India beckoned with the
likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Mohit
Sharma, Ajinke Rahane and Mohammed Shami to
deal with. While Borde was in charge of the A team
still, he started early mental work with the players.
As a matter of fact the major emphasis was on mental
strength as these guys they were facing were already
established stars in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rookies from the West Indies won the three "test"
series 2--1, the ODI series 2--1 and drew the T20s
The question that begs itself now is why aren t
the senior men not even competing against these
teams when the juniors did it against the same oppo-
sition. Then if you look at the Australian cricket
team, walloped in India and England, yet they returned
home with the same core and ripped apart England
5--0 in the Ashes.
In my view what is missing here is proper man
management. We have the men like Borde in the
Caribbean, yet we continue to be a laughing stock
on the world stage. Take note WICB!
Where have man management specialists gone?
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