|Posted on 6 June, 2017 at 21:35|
This could be your story young man… it is about a cricketer who sets out aiming for the highest honours of the game, committing to the pathway system and in many cases whilst trying to complete an education. It cannot be easy?
When his time comes, he might burst onto the Premier Cricket scene with a series of fine performances earning state selection (in my dreams) and like many before him… the world beckons.
It might start off with a contract to play as a Professional, perhaps in the prestigious "Lancashire League" England.
By doing this, he accepts the responsibility of leadership… it’s a real learning curve, far from his homeland and nothing like anything he’s ever experienced. No where near as simple or as easy as finding a club for an English cricketing holiday.
In this situation, a Professional Cricketer finds himself an ambassador for his country, where he will have to learn to appreciate local community history, customs, philosophies and traditions not only to do with his club… but throughout the league and the country.
It is such a wonderful life experience that will reward him with friendships he finds amongst many other cricketers and people from around the globe, playing with or in surrounding leagues.
It is also a testing time for he will confront many trying moments… no doubt searching for ways to overcome unfamiliar wickets, weather conditions, regulations and tactics. He will also be compared… rated to those before him.
He will be asked many questions that will test his mental capabilities and maturity but by seasons end he will have found a way through which will hopefully lead to a proven 1st class cricketer career or higher.
What ever else he learns from the experience he will have learned the meaning of the “Cricketers Code”, that he and those like him are responsible for nurturing the game as those before him have done.
However and with such a wealth of “worldly cricketing experience” do we see these Cricketers being trained to take up administrative positions within the game, where they can use their vast knowledge and experiences to foster it?
Fair question I think... because if we are to honour this “Code” it is essential that qualified, dedicated experienced cricketers are employed for that reason.
I took the opportunity to read the last Cricket Victoria (CV) “Annual Report” where I counted 91 people employed.
Of those employed with the qualification I have outlined "Three":
• Tony Dodemaide, CV (CEO) Australia, Victoria, Sussex, Footscray Cricketer, Manager Corporate Marketing MCG, Head of Cricket Marylebone Cricket Club
• Shaun Graf, CV (Cricket Operations) Victoria, Western Australia, St. Kilda Cricketer
• Andrew McDonald CV (Coach Bushrangers) Victoria, Sth Australia, Leicestershire Melbourne Cricketer
And keeping these three in check… an incompetent unqualified Board with only one (Paul Jackson) a qualified Cricketer and only 2 (John Douglas & Phil O’Meara) qualified Cricketer Delegates.
Either qualified cricket people are failing their responsibilities to the “Code” or they are being deliberately excluded... What ever the case it is shameful!
The game needs a good blend of qualified cricket people and qualified Cricketers