Not very often in recent times have we had credible cause to heap praises on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The success of the Under-19 team presents us with one such precious moment. Conversely, the splintered criticisms of the board, pointing to the inadequacy of preparation of the triumphant team, seems spurious, irrational and lacking credibility. Since the objective of preparing any sporting team for competition is for that team to be victorious, in the advent that the team is victorious, there can be no guarantees that having prepared the team differently the team would still have been victorious. It is by that general principle that these particular criticisms of the WICB should be rubbished. If the WICB and the coaching staff had it to do all over again with the same set of players, it would be foolhardy for them to do anything significantly different. The WICB president, Mr Dave Cameron, speaking on the arrival of the three Jamaican players in the squad, quite rightly took credit for the part the board played in the selection and preparation of the team. Mr Cameron pointed to the fact that at least five members of the team are already playing professionally and that the core of the team was selected as far back as 2014 and actually competed in the regional 50-over competition in the very same year. REGULAR TRAINING CAMPS Subsequent to that, there were regular training camps leading into the tournament, with the preparation culminating in a three-match warm-up series against the host nation of the tournament, Bangladesh. The genesis of these criticisms, I suspect, emanated from the relatively sparse number of warm-up games the team played leading into the World Cup compared top teams such as India, who played consistently together for two years and were unbeaten coming into the tournament. Bangladesh, we were told, played closer to a dozen warm-up games and were red hot early in the tournament, as were the Indians. The West Indies emphatically destroyed the myth of perfection that relates to the preparation of both India and Bangladesh by beating both when it mattered most. It is, therefore, quite plausible that the West Indies’ preparations were better than that of both Bangladesh and India. The West Indies team was the sharpest team mentally in the tournament, as evidenced by those two huge tournament changing moments, starting with that crucial run out against Zimbabwe, followed by the big stumping of the Indian star batsman in the final. SHARP, TALENTED Not only were they sharp mentally, they are talented, they were motivated and they appeared to get fitter and sharper as the tournament progressed, while the more fancied teams, with their so-called superior preparation, faded and fizzed at the business end of the tournament. The silly assumption being made is that because India and Bangladesh played 20 or 30 warm-up games between them they were better prepared. That is obviously not necessarily so. There is always the risk of overworking and burning out the players, plus there are cultural differences that must be considered. West Indians are naturally stronger and more natural athletes and perhaps need less physical drilling and more psychological work. The success of this West Indies team might very well serve to redefine the way teams at this level are prepared for competition, with less physical and game sessions and more mental and psychological preparedness. The victorious players, coaching staff, as well as the WICB leadership should all be congratulated for executing plans and preparations that in the end were proven to be perfect by the fact that the West Indies Under-19 team lifted the ultimate prize.
Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment GORDON GRDINACapilano University alum Gordon Grdina’s new album, Ejdeha, with his band, The Marrow, comes out today on Songlines Recordings, featuring his oud playing with Mark Helias on bass, Hank Roberts on cello and Hamin Honari on tombak, daf and frame drum. Grdina plays at The Ironworks on June 27 and China Cloud on June 28 with Hamin Honari and Itamar Erez.ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERSRock icon Robert Plant, who has always had a soft spot for folk melodies and North African rhythms, brings his band to the QE Theatre on June 29 to perform tracks from his latest Nonesuch album, Carry Fire.SONS OF KEMETUK saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his stellar band Sons of Kemet visit the West Coast for a show at The Imperial on June 26.NDIDI ONdidi Onukwulu, known for her work with Steve Dawson’s Black Hen band, performs tracks from her album, These Days, on Sunday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. on the Georgia Street Stage.MACIEJ OBARA QUARTETAlto saxophonist Maciej Obara’s Quartet plays a free gig at Performance Works on Granville Island on June 26 at 1:30 p.m., courtesy of the Polish Cultural Institute.GOGO PENGUINManchester U.K. trio GoGo Penguin (pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner) play a sold out show at Performance Works tonight. They’re touring in support of their latest Blue Note album, A Humdrum Star.PEGGY LEE’S ECHO PAINTINGCellist/composer Peggy Lee presents her Echo Painting compositions at The Ironworks on June 25 at 8 p.m.STEVE DAWSONNow based in Nashville, but born and raised in West Vancouver, Steve Dawson returns home to play tracks from his new album, Lucky Hand, at the Vogue Theatre on June 30 at 8 p.m. He will be accompanied by the Lucky Hand String Quartet, featuring Jesse Zubot on violin and string arrangements, Peggy Lee on cello, Josh Zubot on violin and John Kastelic on viola.by John Goodman / North Shore NewsSign up for the North Shore News FREE digital newsletter to receive top headlines from each issue in your Inbox. Advertisement Alsarah & The Nubatones play a free gig on Sunday, June 24 at 3:45 p.m. on the Georgia Street Stage. (Photo Supplied) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement ALSARAH & THE NUBATONESBrooklyn-based Sudanese band Alsarah & The Nubatones play North African Nubian pop in a free gig on Sunday, June 24 at 3:45 p.m. on the Georgia Street Stage.LISEN RYLANDER LÖVESwedish musician/composer Lisen Rylander Löve, performs a late-night show at China Cloud on June 25. Twitter
Kolkata: British Deputy High Commissioner of Kolkata Bruce Buckneil today called for engaging the Bengali diaspora in Britain to build business ties with the state and India. “The human capital link between Bengal and Britain remains very strong,” Buckneil told reporters on the sidelines of a meet to address the potential of West Bengal to drive the country’s ‘Act East Policy’. Bengal has fantastic assets and “I want to engage them more to build those (business) links,” Buckneil said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life In Britain, there is a large Bengali diaspora which is unfortunately dispersed in the country. There are many Bengali doctors and lawyers there too, he said. The meet was organised by British Deputy High Commission and ‘powered’ by The Dialogue, a think tank dedicated to drive policy and governance reforms through public opinion. The British diplomat said there should just not be flow of human capital, but there should also be the flow of ideas and business in different countries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed He said in terms of destination for British investment in India, West Bengal occupied the fifth largest spot. “Business can’t be forced to come to your place, you have to make it attractive,” he said. Buckneil said that technological change was “devastating all sorts of traditional business models. When asked to elaborate his point, he said “AI (Artificial Intelligence) is coming and it will take away a lot of jobs. Automation has come to manufacturing…..that is the challenge we all will face.” “Technology is not going to stop. We keep creating new technology and we got to work with it, people need to work with it,” he said. Asked to comment on employment situation in Bengal in the new situation, he said “as a diplomat I won’t say much. All I can say to keep creating jobs you have to create right condition for business, you have to be business friendly, you have to keep regulations right.” Buckneil talked about Bengal’s top notch performance in leather products, jewellery and even food. “In food, one of the biggest fast food outlets which makes momo, had started in Kolkata,” he said. West Bengal Minister for Power and Non-conventional Energy Sources, Sobhandev Chattopadhyay said the state “which is surplus in power is ready with infrastructure.” Chattopadhyay referred to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s successful visits to Britain and expressed confidence in opening a lot of business opportunities in the state. He said from thermal power to solar energy and hydel power, Bengal is going ahead of other states in the country.