Players are not committed to training, says Marshall
Bermuda’s ICC World Twenty20 2012 qualifying preparations have not gone as smoothly as planned.
According to various sources training attendance in the lead up to next month’s tournament has not been the best, with only four players alleged to have attended a practice session last week that has reportedly upset coaching staff.
As of yesterday Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) had yet to comment on this matter which has been met by a backlash from former top cricketer Charlie Marshall.
The ex-Bermuda skipper lashed out at those players who haven’t dedicated themselves fully to training and also took issue with the BCB who he claims has misled the public to conceal the apathy being demonstrated by national team players.
“Last week they only had four players at training and then the coach (David Moore) is saying that the players are committing themselves and the numbers are high,” Marshall said. “But listening to others involved in the national programme the numbers have not been out while players are not committing themselves to training.
“I know guys are not committed and I cannot understand how coaches and selectors can come in the newspaper and lie to the public that players are training. They are in the newspaper basically giving false hope to the public.
“The coach is saying these guys are training when they are not and it actually shows when you go overseas. I think these guys need to stop misleading the public and get serious about the programme.”
Marshall blames much of Bermuda’s demise on the international stage to players’ lack of commitment to training.
“If you don’t commit yourself when you are home then don’t expect positive results when you go overseas,” he added. “When I was involved in the national program we guys couldn’t miss a training session.
“There was a pool of committed players who did extra work, which is something a lot of these guys today don’t do. The talent is definitely there but the commitment isn’t.
“I think there’s too many distractions today and that’s why some of these guys are not able to commit themselves. And we have to find ways to get these guys involved if we want to get positive results.”
Marshall also remains baffled over the BCB’s reasons for not including Dennico Hollis in the Island’s 14-member squad for Dubai, even though the player had an impeccable training attendance record.
“I totally feel for Hollis because if he is showing commitment in every area that they (BCB) have asked and then you have players that are not training,” he said. “What message are you sending to younger players that want to join the national program?”
Marshall also questions the BCB’s decision to overlook veteran wicketkeeper Dean Minors for selection. It is believed Minors may have been overlooked for failing to meet the minimum amount of training sessions (80%) required to be considered for team selection a quota that a significant number of players allegedly failed to meet.
“Here you have other players that haven’t been training consistently so what message are you sending Dean as well?,” Marshall said. “He told the BCB he was busy at work and trained whenever he could.
“I think Dean’s presence alone would’ve encouraged the team to do well (in Dubai) and it’s unfortunate that he isn’t going on the tour.”
As for the controversy surrounding the captaincy of UK based skipper David Hemp, Marshall said: “I honestly feel that if the players were dedicated and committed to training it wouldn’t matter if the captain is local or from overseas.”
Hemp’s captaincy has come under scrutiny lately from some team mates who would prefer to be led by a local skipper instead.”