Former physical education trainer and social commentator, Mac Fingall, has provided his recipe to assist with a turnaround in regional cricket.
Speaking at the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) awards ceremony for the 2017 season at the President’s Suite at Kensington Oval on Friday night, Fingall stated that talent alone would not suffice and also urged politicians to keep their hands off regional cricket.
In his feature address entitled Back to Winning Ways: Taking West Indies and Barbados Cricket Forward, Fingall said cricket had become a game of psychological warfare and intimidation with a win at all cost mentality, and could no longer be considered a gentleman’s game.
“Therefore, gentle men cannot play this game and achieve much success and success is what is going to define you. Success is what you expect. Success is your goal, and if we are not going to make these adjustments and continue to live in the past, then it is either that we find teams with the same weak disposition or we play hop-scotch or pitch marbles,” Fingall said.
He suggested it would take more than talent to bring Barbados and West Indies cricket to the golden days of the past and stated the ingredients of anything impacted the result.
“Some of the ingredients necessary for success in cricket are fitness, commitment, dedication, discipline, patience, confidence, eagerness to learn, aggression, unity, being coachable, attitude, following instructions, hard work and desire. You may have noticed I did not mention talent. Talent is an ingredient, but it is part of the world. It is mistakenly seen as the only ingredient, the end all. Talent, without the aforementioned ingredients, is a waste of time,” Fingall said.
And with CARICOM’s Sub-Committee on cricket governance pushing for a dissolution of Cricket West Indies, Fingall had some advice for regional politicians. “Politicians must stay out of cricketing decisions. Let the boards do their work and solve their own problems.”
Meanwhile, outgoing BCA chief executive officer Noel Lynch in his remarks said that organisation had improved on every aspect of its administration during the past two years. Lynch said he had the opportunity to work with a brilliant executive team and a competent administrative and technical complement that had improved on the execution of domestic cricket.
“I feel somewhat remorseful having to leave these folks behind. We have toughened our financial practices, strengthened our employee relationships and improved at every level, all aspects of this company’s administration, and it is still a work in progress,” Lynch said.
He stated that at the regional level the BCA played a key role in persuading Cricket West Indies to change its formula for payment to the territorial boards and to get a better deal for the hosting of international matches.
“I, however, exit very satisfied. I leave in the firm knowledge that I was afforded this exceptional opportunity that few of our citizens have ever had. The opportunity to contribute to Barbados’ social and economic development via a medium that not many readily recognize or appreciate. I will take with me an enlightenment that can only be gained by being in the fold of the cricket fraternity. I thank you all for the awesome educational and personal development opportunity that this engagement has provided,” Lynch said.
Jomel Warrican was named the Outstanding Cricketer of 2017; the left-arm spinner took 50 wickets for Empire Club in the BCA’s Elite Division. The elegant Barbados and West Indies batsman Shai Hope received the President’s Award. Barbados and West Indies player Hayley Matthews copped the award for the Most Outstanding Female Cricketer. Opening batsman Shayne Moseley of Wanderers received the award for the Most Improved Player. Kaeria Holligan was named the Emerging Youth Cricketer (female) and Camarie Boyce received the award for the Emerging Youth Male Cricketer.