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Clubs to blame for lack of discipline says Parfitt

Legendary bowler Clarence Parfitt has accused clubs of turning a blind eye to the pitfalls plaguing domestic cricket.

The former St George’s and Bermuda star has scolded clubs for lowering standards when it comes to disciplining players something he attributes to cricket’s steady decline at both the domestic and international levels.

“The clubs are not being tough on their players and allowing them to do whatever they want without stopping them, and to me that is the major problem,” Parfitt told

The Royal Gazette.

“It is the clubs who produce our players and if there’s no discipline in the clubs to make sure the players do everything correctly then when they play for Bermuda they think they can get away with it. If they do it in Bermuda then they think they can do it elsewhere, and they can’t.”

Highlighting Parfitt’s concerns over clubs’ failure to fully clamp down on indiscipline might have been the incident that occured at a Premier match at Lords last month.

It was alleged that St David’s players smoked marijuana in the dressing room and reacted in a disrespectful manner when asked to cease engaging in illegal activity.

St David’s president Aaron Lugo later confirmed that the culprits had been dealt with by way of suspensions.

Yet while Parfitt applauded St David’s management for dealing with the matter internally, he strongly disagreed with their decision not to “name and shame” the offenders.

“It seems as though we are not trying to solve the problem because players are caught with drugs but the club is not naming them, why not?” he said. “People are doing bad things and everybody is trying to protect them which is not helping the youngsters. You have to shame these guys because they think they can do just what they want.”

In the wake of the marijuana smoking incident at Lords, Parfitt called for random drug testing of players at the domestic level to be stepped up.

“We need to pull the drug test out more, that’s what has to happen in Bermuda,” he said. “You have to get tougher because we are letting people get away with everything rather than toughening up.

“I remember once playing out here (Scotland) in two games when I got drug tested twice. People just show up and say ‘you are going to be drug tested’ and you don’t have any say in the matter. And if you don’t do it you are banned.”

One of the Island’s most celebrated cricketers has also taken issue with the abuse umpires are now being subjected to from unruly players.

“The sport and Bermuda is going downhill and now the boys are being rude,” Parfitt said. “Over here you can’t even say anything to an umpire because you get banned.

“It’s quite strict so everybody respects the umpires and we have to get respect back in Bermuda, not only for Bermuda but for the game and your club as well. That to me is more important.”

Photo by Akil Simmons

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Published September 27, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 27, 2011 at 9:22 am)

Clubs to blame for lack of discipline says Parfitt

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