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Think Like a Champion (Rudi Web-
ster) is a convincing argument
buttressed against the experiences
of a number of the greatest cricketers
of the last 50 years, on the primacy of
mental skills, self-confidence, pride and
the wisdom of historical tradition in
sport, most particularly, in cricket,
West Indian cricket during the
Lloyd/Richards era of invincibility.
At the core of the book, written by
West Indian Dr Webster, doctor, sports
psychologist and mental coach of the
WI team during the Packer era, is a
conversation between the author and
Clive Lloyd. As captain, instigator,
father figure and the West Indian who
absorbed and practised the tradition of
Sir Frank Worrell, Lloyd tells of how he
moulded team members into a unit to
conquer the inbred insularity of players
from competing societies.
Lloyd recognises and explains too the
roles played by Webster, Wes Hall,
Gerry Alexander and others in fashion-
ing the world champions.
Most significantly, Lloyd recounts---
while Webster places into psychological
perspective the achievements of the
greatest cricket team---why the West
Indies triumphed over all for 15 years
from the mid-1970s.
"Our success had nothing to do with
Babylon (a reference to the film Fire in
Babylon), it was about professional
cricket played at the highest standards.
It was our talent, self-discipline, men-
tal toughness, winning attitude and the
strong desire to be the best team in the
world that made the difference," says
That is an understanding of WI suc-
cess which has not been grasped by a
large portion of the West Indian popu-
lation, the West Indies Cricket Board
and the generation of cricketers since
Too many of us have absorbed the
account of the English and Australian
commentators for West Indian triumph
during the era. They often charac-
terised (and still do) our success as that
of big, strong, brutal fast bowlers who
mowed down English, Australian and
all other batsmen, and swashbuckling
batsmen who operated on naked
"Many of our people at home don t
know that but even if they did they
wouldn t give credit where it is due.
They are more willing to recognise and
reward the achievements of people
from outside the region. That is the
way we are," says Lloyd in recognised
The West Indian champion also
bemoans the fact that the WICB did
not see the power of television rights
and commercial benefit from the
team s performances to enhance player
benefit and fund the development of
the game in the region.
It is a point admitted too by then
president of the board, Jeffrey
Stollmeyer, in Everything Under the
Sun. Perhaps he, the WICB and the
International Cricket Council were too
focused on eliminating the financially
liberating threat of Kerry Packer, the
Australian tycoon who revolutionised
and commercialised cricket in World
Series Cricket, the fore-runner to
today s IPL.
Think Like a Champion is packed
with interesting and informative
insights and anecdotes from the likes
of Wasim Akram, MS Dhoni, Rahul
Dravid, Dennis Lillee, Jacques Kallis,
VVS Laxman, Greg Chappell and the
incomparable Sir Gary Sobers on the
centrality and power of the mind when
applied at the highest level of sport.
The Australian fast bowler and the
Pakistani, undoubtedly the greatest
left-arm fast bowler who ever swung
the ball, estimate that the mind was
responsible for 70 to 80 per cent of
their successes. Akram is even moved
to acknowledge that he, a man of the
Orient not able to easily admit to lis-
tening to a woman, took the advice of
his wife, a psychologist, to assist him
Webster cross-references the applica-
tion of mental strength, planning, self-
confidence, strategic and tactical acu-
men, leadership and practice across a
range of sporting and non-sporting
disciplines to illustrate the power of the
mind when applied to human activities.
The final section of the 360-page
book is application and illustration of
psychological theory to bolster self-
confidence, to enhance the capacity to
concentrate, to manage pressure, the
power of visualising and other psycho-
logical aspects of modern sport and
The book is easily readable, with
teaching sections that can and should
be applied by captains, coaches and
managers. No better example of how
the book can serve as insight with
transforming power is to reflect on
how West Indian batsmen could not
discern a way forward on the last day
of the Test series against New Zealand.
Faced with the challenge of making
308, the batsmen had not a clue as to
how to go about the task. Wicket after
wicket fell, with the batsmen unable to
think their way out of difficulty. Noth-
ing seemingly came from the dressing
room; if it did, it was not readily
absorbed by players who need to be
rescued from self-doubt, low self-
esteem, the bling culture of today and
players who succumb whenever the
pressure is applied by other teams and
Webster s recounting would have
been utterly useless if it were not to be
adopted by the WICB as the psycho-
logical and training manual for the
revival of West Indian cricket. Still in
our midst to do the application are
many of those who were there.
Ifind it morally reprehensible to wake up to photographs in the
press of Mr Duke and his supporters celebrating what he clearly
sees as a victory in court as his contempt proceedings go through
the justice system.
The unfortunate and ineffective handling of the situation by
both Mr Duke and Minister McLeod leaves much to be desired.
My family and I have now tried on two separate occasions to
apply for the renewal of our machine readable passports---leaving
our home in Port-of-Spain and travelling to Chaguanas to the very
nice building in which the Immigration Division is housed, in the
second instance---only to be told the Immigration Division has
We met a lovely single mom and her daughter, gifted with a trip
to the US by family for the summer, making her third or fourth at-
tempt to obtain a passport for her little girl. Not that she is not en-
titled to it, being a born citizen of the country, but because she just
cannot get to put the application in!
A senior citizen with her son trying to renew her's so that she
can spend time with a grandchild who was getting married up the
The letter above was penned and published in your news-
paper on May 28, 1996, some 18 years ago.
This was in response to a similar matter which arose fol-
lowing the increase in remuneration by the newly-installed
government led by Basdeo Panday, to then minister extraor-
dinaire, ANR Robinson.
My view, then, was that such an initiative was illegal and
counter to the Constitution of T&T. Now a similar initiative
has been introduced in the Lower House, obviously fully en-
dorsed by the Cabinet.
Today, as the country is embroiled in the stunning decision
of the entire parliament, I am looking on and seeing same as
a case of déjà vu.
It is unfortunate that our members of parliament have
been guided by sheer lack of concern for the population.
ALL IN THE MIND
'System down, come
back next month'
A case of déjà vu?
islands. Several people
with business travel plans
who are paying for extra-
diting their very necessary
passports couldn't even
make the application be-
cause the "system down."
Collections only? Come
back next month!
We will not talk about
the dashed hopes and anx-
iety levels of the parents
with children fortunate
enough to be accepted at
universities and educa-
tional facilities abroad.
What is Mr Duke's real
agenda? And if it is just
the working conditions of
their air-conditioned of-
fices with comfortable
kitchens that all seem to
make great use of, then
why can't we just get the
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