Barath highlights T&T cricket problem
Trinidad and Tobago opener, Adrian Barath, has issued a call for clubs to implement measures to tie down players or install legitimate procedures to ensure that they give back to these respective clubs who invest and develop these players in terms of time and money.
After a dismal performance this year in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Sunday League Premiership Division that saw his club, FC Clarke Road United, languishing second-to-last at the end of Group A’s proceedings, Barath admitted that while local cricket was not waning, there was a hint of a monopoly where bigger clubs would feed on players who thrived and blossomed at the smaller clubs on the domestic landscape.
“A lot is invested in these talents and it is not easy to hone their talents after unearthing them. Refining them is an investment and it’s cruel at times when they leave, without giving much back to the club and the younger players. A lot of cricketers give back but still, it’s hard on the clubs they leave,” Barath said.
“They are professionals so they are within their right to pick who they play for but some ties need to be made so that they return dividends,” he elaborated.
Barath did shed some light on Clarke Road’s disconsolate season as he pointed to the losses of talisman Gregory Mahabir to Powergen, as well the season-long absences of Tishan Maraj and Homchand Pooran, which made it difficult for them to flourish.
Barath emphasised that when experienced players, tried and tested over the season, depart, it is disconcerting to teams who now have to replace and rebuild their youth foundation.
As he questioned the fundamental setup with younger players in clubs, he reiterated that it is these young players that must make that step up to the next level, but when they are preyed upon by bigger clubs, then a less-than successful season can be expected from their parent club, especially if financial backing is not forthcoming.
Barath also added that the low scores found now in regional cricket was not as inexplicable as many are stating.
“Younger players are growing up on the T20 format but that’s not a good enough reason to use for low scores in regional four-day matches or 50 overs.
:It is a case of poor application and shot selection. Players now are accustomed to getting results and no draws.
“This shows in the Tests internationally, where you get results in three or four days. It’s competitive, more than before, and that’s why a lot of players go out to get results,” Barath alluded.
“If batsmen take their time, and concentrate on longer innings, they will do well, but hurrying for a result, in any form of the game, is not the smartest way to approach the game. Play with patience,” urged the former Presentation College star, whose current struggling form is of concern with the Australia tour of the Windies looming.