Barbados cricket is in a healthy state, says chairman of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) senior selection committee, Hendy Wallace.
During IGS Insurance Brokers Yorkshire Club awards ceremony held this past Sunday at Waves Hotel in St James, Wallace said in the presence of the club’s president Louis Linton, BCA cricket operations manager, Roxanne Forte, and other guests, that if the current structure continued it would augur well for the development of Barbados’ cricketers.
“The Herman Griffith Primary School tournament through to the Secondary School tournament and on to club level is a structure that has been identified by West Indies Cricket Board director of cricket, Richard Pybus during a meeting with the regional champions Guyana Cricket Board, as the template with which territories in the region should aim to align themselves. It is felt that as this structure continues to improve it could only augur well for the development of our cricketers as they wish to ply their trade efficiently, not only in other parts of the world in franchise cricket but more importantly for the West Indies,” Wallace said.
Yorkshire club can boast of a rich cricketing history that spans 66 years and Wallace explained that gone were the days when a Barbadian or West Indies cricketer could be identified from a village game. He said this had died a natural death with the emergence of various attractions and distractions that occupied the time and minds of the youth.
He added that it was pleasing to see the BCA revert to awarding first innings points which he felt it was naive to abandon in the first place.
“It seems as though the simple task of encouraging players to remain in the club house after a game for a chat is becoming more of a challenge. Let me say that it is amazing how much cricket one can learn off the field just from listening to the perspective of others or hearing of their experiences. Thus any cricketer fortunate enough to play at a higher level has an obligation in my view, on return to his or her club, to share some of those experiences because not everyone will be able to realize that dream.
“It is unreasonable to expect three-day matches to be reduced to two days or even one day especially in the rainy season. So it is very likely that teams may only get one opportunity to bat in a game which means that those first innings points could be crucial. I would like to see the bowling team awarded full bowling points if the batting side declares within the allocated overs, provided that maximum batting points have not been attained,” explained Wallace, a former fast bowler in the early 1980s.
He told members of the club that in order to ensure the survival of the club they needed to play their part in terms of timely payment of membership fees, bar bills and other things necessary to keep the club afloat. He implored young cricketers who came from other clubs that loyalty to Yorkshire was showing appreciation for the chance given to play with the team.
Managing director of IGS Insurance Brokers, Tony King who has made an invaluable contribution to Yorkshire club over the years received a special lifetime achievement award from president Linton.