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Former LI coach yorks top brass over lack of development, interest in cricket

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By
Neto Baptiste

As the Leeward Islands Hurricanes continue to
struggle at the bottom of the table in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional
Four Day Championships, the top brass has come in for heavy criticism from a
former player and coach.

Hurricanes have 52.8 points after eight
matches and occupies the cellar in the six-team standings.

Former coach and West Indies fast bowler, Winston Benjamin, believes that this is
a manifestation of the board’s disinterest in the development of the game and
players within the sub-region.

“We have the pal system, the clique system and
nobody is interested in the sport itself, so unless we get rid of the pal
system and look at the cricket and look out for the cricket [nothing will
change]. Leeward Islands Hurricanes [LICB] president [Enoch Lewis] does not believe in development and he said so openly,
send them to somebody else and let people develop them, but we don’t have the
quality that other people are going to want to develop, so we have to develop
our own,” he said.

“We have the young guy Javier Spencer, a left
arm fast bowler, and he is one in the wilderness, and all of them need to go
because they don’t make no sense,” he added. 

Defending champions, Barbados Pride, lead the
table with 134.8 points while Trinidad & Tobago lie second with 94.6
points. Hurricanes have won only one of their eight matches to date, losing
five and drawing two.

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The former fast bowler reminded that losing can become a habit. “When you’re playing competitive sports the L [loss]

and the D [draw] is something you’re not too interested in. The W [win]
is the key, and the W creates energy, it creates motivation, it creates
confidence and if you don’t have the W or you’re not getting the W, then
everything becomes a burden and the cricket looks, to me, as if it has become a
burden to the players, but then again, who am I to say that when the matrix
says the coach is the best thing around,” he said.

Benjamin said that having seen the players in
action against Jamaica here at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground last
week, it appears as though they have given up on the competition.

“I went up there [Sir Vivian Richards Cricket
Ground] to watch the game [Leeward Islands vs. Jamaica Scorpions] and from what
I saw sitting in the stands the body language of the players is telling me that
something is wrong, the players are not comfortable. I don’t know what it is,
but you look at them and there is no energy, there is no life, they are just
bland and going through the motions, to me,” the coach said.

Jamaica is third in the standings with 98.1
points while Guyana lies fourth also with 98.1 points.

The competition has however
been suspended as part of measures to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19
virus.

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