Team’s lack of interest has me stumped


Dear Sir,

I had the opportunity to watch the Bermuda cricket team play two games that were broadcast around the world. They made me ashamed to be a cricket fan.

I love the sport. I only enjoyed them when they walked out to stand during the playing of the anthem. However, when they played cricket against the Netherlands and Scotland, it was embarrassing.

When the team play at home they are impressive when they play in the nets. Itís a shame they canít take the nets with them. When it was Bermudaís turn to bat, their body language showed that they were not interested.

They walked on the field slumped over and dragging the bat. I am under the impression they wanted a free trip.

I was embarrassed by the Bascome brothersí lack of interest.

During the first game, the Bascome brothers between them scored about 15 runs and even fewer runs in the second game.

I am under the impression they made the team because their father was the coach. I hope I am wrong, because I find itís a conflict of interest.

If I was a member of the team and played that bad, the coach would have gotten rid of me. They would have fired me ó and that is not even a job.

By the way, the rest of the team fits in the same boat. My opinion is that they are all overweight and out of shape to play.

They need to work on the weight and fitness. If the coach is running out of players to choose from, they may have to make a trip to Summerhaven.

We may be physically challenged, but we have the mindset to play the game.

To the Bermuda Cricket Board, you are throwing funds down a well that is dry.

You need to scrap your present programme and start a five-year plan, beginning with the elementary schools, middle schools and senior schools.

Create interest, especially for the high school/senior school age, who have mostly lost interest in sport.

Continue to encourage them. There was a saying that cricket developed integrity and character, which equals gentleman. At the rate the game is going, all that doesnít mean anything nowadays.

Thatís sad for the cricket around the world. I heard the announcement of the team for Canada in the Twenty20.

Every name was either a Pakistani, Jamaican or Indian. None sounded like a Canadian. How do they qualify to play for Canada?

If the answer is they are citizens or residents, where is the Bermudian foreign citizen or resident? Why have they not joined any of our local cricket sports clubs?

I am looking for a new endeavour to happen. Mr and Mrs Foreigner, join us to help make the national squad more successful. Iím even looking for a woman to play.

One of my greatest dreams is for St Davidís County Cricket Club to put a woman in the lease and qualify to play in the county cup.

Twenty20 cricket is called baseball cricket, thatís why the team is not developing.

WILLARD FOX

Smithís

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Published Dec 6, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 6, 2019 at 8:27 am)

Team’s lack of interest has me stumped

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