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Actions not words are needed to improve cricket

February is here and we are merely months away from the start of our 2013 cricket season, which promises to be an exciting one.

However, many of us cricket purist are curious to see what new ideas are put forward to improve the standard of cricket overall.

There is no secret Bermuda cricket is crying out for a facelift or change of plan/ideas to revamp or ignite our dying national sport.

The BCB must do more to fix on the pitch rather then off the pitch.

What do I mean by that? Yes, sponsorship is important, very important, but the players are the product and we must fix or improve the product so that people will want to come and watch this lovely game again. So how do we do that, that is the million-dollar question?

When I last checked the BCB website there were several people who recently passed their coaching courses.

So now what? What do we do with these coaches who have passed? Do we just say here this is your certificate and thank you for doing the course, or do we find ways within various clubs to utilise them?

The Board must make good use of these folks who obviously want to learn and improve their coaching skills. Could they not attach those who are keen to various clubs and give them a coaching duty at the youth levels and also see if clubs are willing to let them work along with their head coach to gain coaching knowledge and experience?

It is time we think outside the box Bermuda, our game has suffered too long. I am sure there are many of you around Bermuda who have lovely ideas, talk about them daily, but either afraid to speak up or don't speak up because nothing ever changes, What other ways can we tackle our cricket from on the field?

Can we start by having pitch inspections prior to games? Do we have the manpower to go around to pitches the day before to assure proper work is being done on wickets to assure quality tracks on the day? Bad wicket bad cricket! Some of this may seem farfetched, but again it is on the field that we must improve.

Cricket etiquette needs to be addressed in Bermuda. Will we continue to allow players to wear anything on their feet or walk onto the field with their shirts out looking sloppy? I know some umpires address these matters, but not all, thus the onus falls on the captain and the club.

Will the national academy coaches be going around to various clubs to run a training session and highlight new training or cricket methods that could improve the players?

For example the national team bowling coach Lorenzo Tucker should be going from club to club all year working with young, potential bowlers in an effort to improve our bowling island wide. Our national academy coaches have to spread their knowledge and in doing so they may even inspire some other average cricketers to want to play at the next level and start taking their game more seriously.

Folks these are just a few ideas and I am sure there are many more that you and the Cricket Board can think of. With the expertise of Allen Douglas on the Board now there is a high level of expectation. However, the time for action is now. Let's stop talking about how we can fix the game and start putting our ideas into practice. We have been talking for far too long.

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Published February 01, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 31, 2013 at 5:46 pm)

Actions not words are needed to improve cricket

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