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Twenty/20 captaincy should be given to a young player

This week's news that Janeiro Tucker could possibly replace Stephen Outerbridge as captain of Bermuda's Twenty/20 team has left me baffled.

As many of you know, I'm a big fan of both of these players and respect them for what they have achieved at the highest level, but this possible move has left me speechless.

What's the rationale behind such a decision? Did the BCB not just restructure a whole entire cricket league around “development”?

After hearing this news I took it upon myself to personally contact Stephen to find out whether he was available for this tour, as I didn't want to make assumptions, and he told me categorically that he was.

Some may be wondering why I'm so disturbed with this possible decision when Janeiro is probably hands down the best cricketer on the Island? Well, it simply goes against what the Bermuda Cricket Board stated their focus was for this year, which was development.

Janeiro is clearly on his way out of international cricket for it was merely a few years ago when he stepped aside, due to injury, but decided to come back and help out because of our struggles.

Therefore, would it not have made sense to give the captaincy of the T20 squad to one of the younger guys who has the potential of being a future Bermuda captain like, Rodney Trott, Dion Stovell or OJ Pitcher.

Again, I have no doubt Janeiro will do a fine job but it goes against all of the BCB's philosophies.

Don't get me wrong here, I have nothing against having two captains as it happens all around the world, but two things are wrong with this scenario. One we are going backwards to someone who is going out of the game when we have young, positive, highly potential candidates available. Secondly, the manner in which the information was carried out is so distasteful and unprofessional.

Stephen should have been brought into a meeting and been told face to face why the decision was made and what direction our cricket is going.

Does anyone know what direction we are going? One minute we are developing and building towards the future, but if this does materialise we will be going around in one big circle, totally confused.

This brings me to my next issue. A player of Rodney Trott's calibre hasn't been training. This is shocking news as Rodney has been one of our most committed, reliable players for years. When players like Rodney go absent from training, alarm bells should go off and people should start asking questions. In actual fact, if anyone should have been given the captaincy it should have been Rodney.

Let me put it in this context and maybe my point would be a little bit clearer: If we are honest Bermuda's best T20 squad should involve Irving Romaine, Kevin Hurdle and Dean Minors, but at what expense?

Are we willing to sacrifice valuable international experience for our young players? What is or should be the aim of this tournament? This appointment if it does materialise, whether temporary or not, is mind-boggling.

So what happens now as Stephen has made himself available for the tour? Did somebody jump the gun and make a rash decision without having dialogue with the necessary parties first? Now that Stephen has made it clear he is available will he be selected for the tour as a player or will he be dropped all together?

This brings me to my next point. How was the interim coach selected? I am just curious because for the last few years Bermuda has been grooming Clevie Wade as David Moore's assistant.

Then he is overlooked for the head job when Moore is released, or was he?

In the ideal world you would have thought the BCB would have had a succession plan in place whereby when Moore moves on Clevie falls right into place having been his understudy, but that isn't the case, why?

Was it that Clevie didn't want the role,or did the BCB think that he wasn't suitable for the head coaching job.

I may come across as someone that has a gripe, but I really don't.

I am just one of many annoyed cricket fans who has seen our cricket plummet backwards ever since our World Cup campaign.

The standards of professionalism that were once there are no longer there, therefore the players do as they please. Players were told or advised not to play football but some of them still lined up last weekend and played. Why?

It all boils down to professionalism. When you have something in place that player's respect they are more willing to adhere to your demands.

As a country we have to show our cricketers that they are important and that we are very serious about the future of Bermuda cricket. Then and only then will we see a change in their approach and their mentality.

Until then they will come and go as they please and do what they like, hence the reason for the poor results.

Mr Lloyd Fray (president), it is time for a shake-up at the BCB. If those around you don't comply or meet your standards get rid of them because they are killing our sport.

PS — Having said all that, if Janeiro is officially given the job I wish him and the team the best as I have no doubt he will do a fine job.

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Published September 27, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm)

Twenty/20 captaincy should be given to a young player

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