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Dr Shallow gives CWI passing grade

BRIDGETOWN, Bar­ba­dos – Crick­et West In­dies (CWI) vice pres­i­dent Dr. Kishore Shal­low has giv­en the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ad­min­is­tra­tion a pass­ing grade for its first year in of­fice, point­ing to im­prove­ments in just about all ar­eas of the 10-point plan which the Ricky Sker­ritt-led team had used as a plat­form for elec­tion.

Giancarlo Pietri Velutini

Among the biggest achieve­ments, Dr. Shal­low said, have been an im­prove­ment in team se­lec­tion which has boost­ed play­ers’ con­fi­dence in get­ting a fair chance to rep­re­sent West In­dies, and a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with CWI stake­hold­ers

Last March, the Sker­ritt-Shal­low team de­feat­ed in­cum­bent Dave Cameron and his run­ning mate Em­manuel Nathan to take over the CWI lead­er­ship. They had pre­sent­ed a ‘Crick­et First Plan’ to re­vi­tal­ize West In­dies crick­et, that promised: the cre­ation of a crick­et-cen­tric or­ga­ni­za­tion­al cul­ture; op­ti­mum use of tech­nol­o­gy for greater ef­fec­tive­ness; in­creased in­vest­ment in grass­roots crick­et; en­hance­ment of the fran­chise sys­tem; mod­ern­iza­tion of coach­ing ed­u­ca­tion; in­creased ex­po­sure for Un­der-23 and Un­der-19 play­ers; re-eval­u­a­tion of sys­tem of team se­lec­tion; re­pair of stake­hold­er re­la­tions; de­cen­tral­iza­tion of High Per­for­mance sys­tem; and uti­liza­tion of re­gion­al tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise

Speak­ing on the Ma­son & Guest ra­dio show here on Tues­day night, Dr Shal­low said the ad­min­is­tra­tion had made some progress in those ar­eas

“We have touched on just about all of these points,” he said. “In West In­dies crick­et, over the years, we have had quite a few hur­dles that we have to jump over and bear­ing all that in mind, I think we have done a fair­ly good job for the last 12 months.”

Among the ar­eas he gave his team ku­dos for was re­vamp­ing the se­lec­tion process

“This is one of the suc­cess­es,” he said. “We have seen play­ers have in­creased con­fi­dence in our sys­tem again and play­ers be­lieve that they are now se­lect­ed more on mer­it and are putting up their hands, as Jer­maine Black­wood, as Hay­den Walsh, and oth­er play­ers have done.”

Dr. Shal­low al­so saw the CWI’s uti­liza­tion of re­gion­al ex­perts as an ac­com­plish­ment

Sev­en months af­ter the new ad­min­is­tra­tion took of­fice, Phil Sim­mons, who had been sacked by the Cameron-led CWI, was brought back as West In­dies head coach

That, said Dr Shal­low, plus the in­clu­sion of oth­er for­mer crick­eters Floyd Reifer, Ken­ny Ben­jamin, Gus Lo­gie and Court­ney Walsh in the coach­ing staff, and the in­volve­ment of Joel Gar­ner, Bri­an Lara and Ramnaresh Sar­wan in West In­dies camps last year demon­strat­ed the CWI’s com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the game

Ad­dress­ing the mod­ern­iza­tion of the coach­ing sys­tem, he point­ed out that CWI had hired a spe­cial­ist in de­vel­op­ment coach­ing, Aus­tralian Chris Brabazon, as its first-ever coach ed­u­ca­tion man­ag­er. The for­mer West­ern Aus­tralian Crick­et As­so­ci­a­tion coach de­vel­op­ment man­ag­er signed a three-year deal and be­gan work last De­cem­ber

“He has been mak­ing some progress so far,” Dr. Shal­low said

The CWC vice pres­i­dent al­so point­ed to im­proved re­la­tion­ships with play­ers, re­gion­al gov­ern­ments and the me­dia, say­ing, “all of our stake­hold­ers are equal­ly im­por­tant to us”

Speak­ing specif­i­cal­ly about the promise to cre­ate a crick­et-cen­tric or­ga­ni­za­tion­al cul­ture, he said CWI has been able to ful­fill its promise to move play­ers “to the top of the pri­or­i­ty lad­der”

He said while the four-year crick­et cal­en­dar would be af­fect­ed by the coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) pan­dem­ic that has forced can­cel­la­tions and post­pone­ments in the sport, CWI now “has a guide to work with”