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by 30th May 2014
As we look for ways to improve the standard of
our cricket in Trinidad and Tobago and by extension
the Caribbean, I would like to add my two cents to
the debate that has been ongoing over the last few
months, as it pertains to local cricket.
If we are to improve at the top, we need to look
back and change what is wrong at the ground level.
While coaching the youngsters at primary schools is
necessary, we need to have qualified personnel coaching
them and not teachers who are just cricket enthusiasts.
After all the coaching is done at the early stage, we
have players going on to compete in domestic leagues
and it is here we need to take a closer look. Presently
we see our cricketers struggling to finish a four-day
game. Most of the times the game will just make it
into the final day, with most ending in three days and
some even finishing in two days.
There was a lot of talk after T&T was whipped by
the Windwards in the four-day semi final clash at
the Oval. The batsmen failed to occupy the crease for
long periods and some of the pundits have pointed
to the structure of local cricket.
We all know that repetition helps with perfection,
so there is a need to play more cricket and more cricket
in terms of not only more matches but longer matches.
Currently we play two-day cricket in Trinidad and
this does not allow for batsmen spending long hours
at the crease. What we see happening also is that
players who are set, are called upon to get quick runs
because team owners want victories and its all geared
to getting wins. Back in the day, the domestic matches
were of three days duration. It was started on one
weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and then completed
the following Saturday. Effectively what you had here
was a situation where in a three-day match, you had
two first day pitches.
This could not be ideal for proper batting and appli-
cation at the crease. The bowlers were always given
the upper hand in this format but would have also
worked against them when they graduated to four-
day regional cricket because they struggled as the
match went on into day three and four. They were
not accustomed with using a third and fourth day
pitch. I think the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) should
go with playing three days cricket from the Friday,
Saturday and finishing on the Sunday. Recently I
engaged the president of the TTCB Azim Bassarath
in talks concerning the reformat of the local league
and he was supportive of the idea of playing three
consecutive days starting on the Friday.
He said that there were concerns among some as
to whether the players would be given the Fridays off
from work and he suggested that they play to league
games a month, and Sunday League matches on alter-
nate weekends. In this way the players would only
have to take time off for two Fridays.
I understand where the president is coming from
but I must add that I don t agree with this staggered
approach. I think the league should be played in a
block every week and the players should play from
There is always talk about players not getting time
off to play the cricket but as soon as they are selected
to play for Trinidad, they disappear for weeks from
work. I think that the players are not the ones who
are against playing from Fridays but some of the team
owners, who don t want to take that time away from
their businesses. There is a consideration to play from
the Friday but at 2pm and bowl a total of 60 overs
over two sessions. Then play will get underway at
10am on the Saturday and 10am on the Sunday with
90 overs being bowled each day. This would make a
total match played over 240 overs. This is a significant
improvement from what we have now.
If the game gets off at 2pm and considering the
Merryboys player Akeem Alvarez prepares to play on the off-side during a clash
against Queen's Park at the Queen's Park Oval.
distance that some teams have to travel to play others,
the player would still have to basically take the entire
day off. So why not play the cricket from 10am on
the Friday as well. This would give you a total off 90
overs on the Friday and a total of 270 overs for the
entire match. When we take this approach of playing
longer games, the players would adapt to this and
their concentration would obviously have to improve
and this would lead to longer occupation of the crease
and greater batting.
The bowlers would now gain the experience of
bowling more overs and having to work out batsmen,
instead of batsmen just coming at them and gifting
them wickets. Whatever is done in the short term,
the direction must be in the direction of playing longer
matches and then the improvement in our cricket will
Play local cricket
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