Hemp concerns are legitimate
David Hemp is not the right man to captain Bermuda’s senior national cricket squad.
That’s the opinion of veteran Bailey’s Bay all-rounder and youth coach Corey Hill who has backed those who have called for Hemp to be replaced as Bermuda’s skipper.
The former English County cricketer’s captaincy has come under scrutiny lately from some of his Bermuda team-mates who would rather be led by someone they can relate to.
It is also understood that disgruntled national team players object to having to prepare for international commitments in the absence of their captain who resides in the UK.
Hill believes the concerns raised by Hemp’s team-mates are legitimate.
“The players are not saying they don’t want Mr Hemp to be a part of the national set up, what they are simply saying is they need a hands-on captain,” he said. “If I’m a player and I was having some challenges don’t you think it would be better if I could discuss it in person with my captain?
“Captains and players of any team need dialogue on a regular basis and that is not possible because of his geographical location. Ask yourself can a captain stir a ship if he is not on board ... no. Do long distance relationships work ... no. If a father is not in the household on a regular basis does that affect the kids?
“I’m sure if Mr Hemp was located here on the Island then maybe we wouldn’t be having this discussion. But unfortunately he is not so the players have the right to voice their concerns without being scrutinised by people.”
Lloyd Fray, Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) president, said his administration will address concerns raised over Hemp in the near future.
“There has been some concerns from players which has come to the Board via our Selection/Outreach Committee through their discussions with various players,” he said. “The Board will meet soon to review the report in full and will respond accordingly.”
Hemp succeeded Irving Romaine as Bermuda captain in August 2009.
Earlier this week former BCB executive Gary Fray elder brother of the BCB’s current president threw his weight firmly behind the ex-Glamorgan batsman and lashed out at his critics.
He said national squad players “should concentrate on playing and making one hundred percent commitment and leave the administration to the administrators”.
“It’s too much of the players interfering with the administrative side of things and they are not playing the game of cricket,” Fray added.
However, Hill believes that national team cricketers have every right to voice their concerns whenever contentious issues arise.
“Mr Fray has some valid points as it relates to players being committed, but it’s the ones who are showing the most commitment that have concerns so these are the people you need to listen to,” he argued. “This is not just an administration problem.
“Times have changed where the players have been told to be quiet and just play cricket. If you want to solve any problem you have to listen to the people it directly affects. It’s too many past administrators and players talking rubbish about the current generation after they are the ones who didn’t have the vision to see what was ahead. Now it has been left to the current generation to clean up their mess.”