Tony Becca: A New year of hope

first_imgThe New year is just a few days old, and despite all the problems in West Indies cricket – the abandoned tour of India; the defeats at the hands of Australia; Sri Lanka, and Australia again; the crisis facing the Board; and the fact that no West Indian made it into Test cricket’s Top Ten at the end of the year – we wish all those in the fraternity all the best for 2016. The only saving grace last year was the wonderful and thrilling victory at Kensington Oval, the one which handed the West Indies a draw against England and which filled every West Indian with excitement and with plenty hope. Although that hope ended only in wishful thinking, my wish, despite my feeling that things will remain the same, in spite of the huffing and puffing by the toothless CARICOM governments, is that the gloom of 2015 will be replaced by a little light in 2016. I love cricket, and I am passionate about Melbourne, Jamaica, and West Indies cricket. Indeed, most people, those who know me and know me well, especially my family, will say that I eat, sleep, and drink cricket. Last year, the West Indies brought down the curtain with an embarrassing and humiliating performance against Australia. They did nothing right. They were terrible in batting, bowling, and fielding. Indeed, with the exception of Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite, and a few others, they looked like novices. This year, however, the West Indies are scheduled to play one or two series, and based on results of the recent past, things are hardly likely to be any better. In fact, every year it has been the same. Despite the utterances about improvements and little gains, nothing has changed; nothing at all. Looking at the team, which, despite its weakness, includes a few questionable selections, looking at the management team, which allows inexperience and non-performing youngsters to speak on behalf of the team, and looking at the people who consistently talk glowingly about what to expect from the players despite defeat after defeat, it is easy to write off the players – especially as it appears that nothing is really being done to remedy the situation. Despite all the talk, the huge entourage surrounding the team on every tour, the money reportedly being spent on West Indies cricket, and the outreach in West Indies cricket, nothing is really happening. The West Indies need a system to develop their young players into productive players. They need to play the game regularly, to train regularly, and not only when it is ordered and supervised. They need people, good people, checking on them regularly, and not only to sympathise with them and to pat them on the back like nice guys whenever they fail. They need people, coaches or whoever, who will also say something or do something constructive at such times, which, at this time, is most times. COMMITTED PLAYERS The West Indies need to look also for players, good players, who are also proud people, committed people, and people who, although there is not one, respect the flag. And those kinds of players are necessary, very necessary. It makes no sense, or very little sense, to have the most talented players who, at the first sign of adversity, sulk and withdraw themselves from the game, sometimes, most times, affecting other players on the team. The West Indies need players who believe in one for all and all for one, and also players who, even though it is not true, believe, like a journalist, that he, or she, is as good as his, or her, last story. It is folly to fail, and fail, after one or two good performance and to stroll around the ground, to swagger, like the proverbial “cat’s pyjamas”. It is just as bad to treat one who has failed and failed after one or two good performances like royalty. My wish for 2016 is that these things will change. West Indies cricket has been through the good and the bad. It started promisingly, it had its watershed in 1950, it had its ups and downs, it became the best in the world, and now it is back at stage one. The return to the glory days, or near to them, must come back, hopefully, if not quickly. West Indies cricket basically has good, young players. They, however, need to commit themselves to the game and to the West Indies, to train hard and to play hard, and to remember who they are, where they are from, and that although it may not be the best in the world, although players from India, England, Australia earn more money than they do, those from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa are not. The West Indies players are paid what the West Indies can afford. It is as simple as that. My wish for the new year is that from all the few basically talented West Indies players some can be found with the class to carry West Indies cricket through these parlous times. The West Indies need players who can bat, bowl, field and know how to play the game. The West Indies need batsmen who can do more than reel off a pretty stroke here and there, bowlers who can really bowl and who can get good batsmen out, and fielders who can really field. My wish for this year is that the West Indies will see the light and realise that their cricketers are nowhere nearly as good as those of yesteryear, that their cricketers will also face that fact, that their cricketers play Test cricket two or three years too early in most cases, that our administrators will end their insularity, tighten up on West Indies cricket and make it stronger, and that they need to train and practice until they hear a voice say practice no more. West Indies cricket also needs to see less swagger in the cricketers, less cheerleaders, for whatever reason, among those who should guide, and among those guide technical development, and more people who can inspire and motivate rather than simply tell how to bat and bowl.last_img read more

Tonnon starts at Insight

first_imgStefan Tonnon has been appointed vice-president, human resources, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at global intelligent technology organisation Insight.Tonnon was previously senior director, human resources, EMEA at Riverbed technology, and has also worked for organisations such as Curvature, Progress Software, and Infor Global Solutions.In his new role, Tonnon will deal with performance and compensation management, recruitment, sales enablement and help support business growth.last_img

Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay Moloy Ghatak hold prep review meeting ahead of Gangasagar Mela

first_imgKolkata: State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Public Health Engineering minister Moloy Ghatak held a high level meeting with the senior officials of various departments at the Vidyut Unnayan Bhavan on Wednesday, regarding the preparation of Gangasagar Mela.The state Power department has been making all necessary arrangements in order to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the Gangasagar Mela. According to a Press statement issued by the state Power department, modernisation work has been undertaken to increase the capacity of the 33/11 KV substation at Rudranagar area. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn order to ensure that the pilgrims do not face any inconvenience, the Power department has decided to ensure power supply to 54 points. In the previous year, the department had supplied power to 40 points in the Mela and its adjoining areas. Laying of underground cables is being conducted between Kachuberia and Rudranagar areas. If there is any problem in any area, the power supply would be done by automation through DG system. There will be adequate power arrangement at Bangabasi ground adjacent to Mohunbagan ground, so that the pilgrims do not face any inconvenience during their short stay in the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Power department officials have been instructed to make adequate arrangements to ensure that there is no incident of power cut in the area. Arrangements would also be made to ensure the security of the EHV substation in Kakdwip, as well as meeting the extra demands of power. The state Power minister also urged all other departments to maintain better coordination during the days of Gangasagar Mela. The officials of various departments will visit the venue to assess the preparations ahead of the grand event.last_img read more