ICC Cricket Planners May Have Given The West Indies A Better Chance At Winning The Championship Trop
The inconsistency of the West Indies team has been the main topic of discussion, when West Indies Cricket fans look at their teams chances going into the ICC Champions Trophy. However it seems that the planners of international cricket might have done West Indies a favour, when they schedule the DLF cup and set new guidelines, which forced the West Indies to have to qualify for the Champions Trophy despite being defending champions.
Had not for these occurrences, the cricket administrators in the Caribbean may have dispatch the West Indies team with out any preparation to the sub continent, a mere 24 hours before the champions trophy was due to begin. With the DLF cup, a training camp and the new qualifying guidelines the West Indies has had four weeks on the Sub Continent to acclimatise and get use to the conditions there before the Champions Trophy begins.
When the West Indies last won the Champions Trophy in 2004, defeating England in an exciting final at the Oval. One area overlooked for the cohesiveness and ultimate success of the team was the ICC cricket schedule. By the time the Champions Trophy was played in October the West Indies who were earlier on tour in England had already spend eight weeks in English conditions.
Despite having performed significantly better in the second half of both Test and One day International series in recent times. The administrators seem not to have grasped the fact that we can no longer select a team a couple days ahead of a tournament and expect to win. The time has come when the team needs to be together for seven to eight months of the year as opposed to what currently exist.
A brilliant individual performance can win a cricket match but cricket is still a team sport, all must be done in a planned an organised way to allow the team to gel as a unit. This can only happen if the members of the team are allowed to train together, plan together. The recently concluded DLF Tri Series Cup was a perfect example of lack of planning and team preparation by the West Indies administrators and total dependence on individual brilliance to pull the team through.
In the recently concluded DLF Cup the success of the team suffered becaused of a number of batting collapses. This must have brought home the point that brilliant individual performances is not the answer but a greater team effort with both bowling and batting partnerships. The last four to five weeks on the sub continent should have allowed the team to start working as a unit.
In the recently concluded DLF Cup the success of the team suffered becaused of a number of batting collapses. This must have brought home the point that a brilliant individual performance is not the answer but a greater team effort consisting of both bowling and batting partnerships. The last four to five weeks the windies has been on the sub continent should have allowed the team to start working as a unit and given them a better chance of recapturing the trophy.
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