Eion Katchay vows to be good cricket coach

Guyana Times article.

Toronto, Canada - Guyanese Eion Katchay is confident about becoming a good cricket coach in Canada, an aspiration long overdue since his migration to North America almost a decade ago.

An athletic cricketer during his days for both Guyana’s youth team and Canada, his advocacy for a better cricket structure is paramount.

His remarks came following Canada’s early elimination from the just-concluded T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Abu Dhabi.

He is a member of the Islanders Cricket Club at the Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite tournament and was satisfied with his all-round performances, despite their failure to make it to the playoff.

His representation for Canada at the international level was reasonably successful but he feels he can be more instrumental by imparting his cricketing knowledge and expertise from the under-15 stage. He is about to begin his level one coaching programme.

 “I want to become a cricket coach; I think I have what it takes to be one especially a good one as well; I love cricket and I think it is time to give back something to it; I have already started off with my club and the players appreciated what I had been doing during this year’s competition,” Katchay, 35, related.

The right-arm fast bowler was a member of the victorious Guyana Under-19 team in 1997 at the West Indies Cricket Board regional youth tournament which was held in Guyana; he represented the senior team soon after.

He stated that the experience he gained playing on the regional scene was invaluable and that spurred him to continue with the game since his arrival in North America. He first played for Victoria Park Cricket Club.

“As soon as I came up here I began playing cricket professionally and had the aim of making the Canada’s team because I was confident of doing it; I really enjoyed the game but I think the guys at the administrative level will have to ensure the young cricketers can be more involved and just take away the political part from the game,” the former Demerara Cricket Club and Everest first division player indicated.

He reckoned that they have a responsibility and they must work in harmony for the betterment of Canada’s cricket.

He was apparently angry after Canada once again failed to make the 2014 International Cricket Council T20 World Cup in Bangladesh from mid-March to early April. They won two of their stipulated seven matches in Abu Dhabi, and it was a clear indication of poor preparation.

“I think they prepared poorly for this big event; yes, insufficient turf practice may have contributed to the early knockout but again I think it came back to the preparations and proper organisations of the people who [are] responsible for the game in Canada,” Katchay, who is a right-handed batsman as well, pointed out.

Katchay recommended that Canada have a second string team to tour various destinations and gain the exposure which can be vitally important for the development of the game. He reasoned it will generally help the game and further bolster the players’ confidence for international assignments.

“Yes, I think they should have “A” team tour and that be beneficial for the country if they really serious of making an impression on the international stage; no doubt talent and but just a matter of getting the right ideas and put into practice on a consistent basis,” Katchay divulged.

Like Katchay, many cricketers who have worn the Canadian colours, lamented the sub-standard cricket played over the years and feel the continued, political affiliation can be detrimental. He is optimistic however that there are the resources to improve the standard of the game but the necessity and strategy must be implemented now.

According to Katchay, the winter weather is part of the problem which most of the time keeps the players indoor but he felt the influx of overseas players from around the world can be great for the steady participation that will ultimately lift the spirit of the sport generally.

With the number of sponsors who have come board over the years the popularity of the game continues to rise.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 04:36