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Cricketers lack loyalty to clubs these days

If any cricketer wishes to play for another club at the start of the new season they must transfer by the March 31 deadline.

Last season, close to 30 players moved clubs. I want to look into some of the reasons why players move from club to club and what they should look for in a new team.

With deadline day looming, I think it is essential that the Bermuda Cricket Board officially announce any changes to the league structure before the deadline.

Depending on what is revealed, it will give players ample time to make whatever decisions they need to make, if any at all. To not announce anything would be unjust to the players as there may be some ambitious players out there who could end up playing First Division cricket, instead of possibly playing in the Premier Division.

Last season, 27 players transferred. This number seems high, but I wonder if there has ever been a study as to why players leave clubs? I have always thought there should be a question on the transfer form asking the player to explain his reasons for transferring.

This would help the BCB to build some data on why players transfer from club to club.

Years ago, the majority of players used to play for one club all their career, but loyalty to a club rarely exists these days for various reasons.

Financial rewards, better coaching, the chance to play a higher level of cricket and the opportunity to play with friends are some of the reasons. Some players may just need a fresh challenge.

The BCB's decision to switch to two divisions will make a massive impact on transfers because some of the more ambitious, talented players may have a desire to play in the top tier.

How can clubs protect themselves from the poachers who wish to steal their better young players or top performers?

Basically, clubs have to be more professional and show growth. I think part of the problem with our clubs is that they don't do enough for their players. First of all, for a club to keep a talented player, they must show progression.

The first step would be to go out and appoint a coach whom the players would be keen to play for; someone with an impressive background in the game. For example, if a club such as PHC, who will be in the First Division, were to hire someone such as Dwayne Leverock or Dean Minors as their coach, it would send a clear message to their players that they are serious and want to take their programme to another level.

Also, clubs need to travel more. Growing up in St George's I remember travelling on tour when I was 15, but the club have not left the Island since.

How many clubs these days travel? The club does not have to fund all the money, as players can have work rallies to fund the tour. This helps to build team unity and builds closer bonds, especially between the club and player.

Players need to think twice before they go to another club because I think some feel the grass will be greener on the other side. But that really is not always the case.

These are the three main factors that a player should consider when moving to another club.

First, the coach. Who is he and can he better me as a player? Second, does the club have a sound programme, whereby, the players are focused and committed? Third, will I play every week in the team or will I be a part-time player? I encourage players to stick with their clubs as long as they can, if not for their entire careers, but if you must move make sure that all the factors will benefit you and make you a better player.

Quote of the week: To succeed ... You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.

— Tony Dorsett

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Published March 07, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated March 07, 2014 at 12:15 am)

Cricketers lack loyalty to clubs these days

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