Barbadian Cricketer takes issue with preference in Barbados for Basketball: Big Bird says marketing is key
It was not that long ago when Bajan Reporter cited both Scottish and Kiwi bloggers as showing there’s a growing preference in the Caribbean for basketball over cricket, now one of cricket’s Legends has stepped fwd to dispute this!
Gulf News, an Arabic online newspaper, managed to get a quick chat with tall bowler Barbadian Joel “Big Bird” Garner, who was very emphatic in dismissing basketball as a viable sports commodity for young Bajans –
The speedster also reacted to comments in the local dailies that youngsters here now prefer basketball to cricket owing to opportunities of a good future in the US. “That is not true. I think a lot of people opted for other sports instead of cricket since it was not marketed properly to the youngsters here,” was his perception.
Now while I respect the fact Mr Garner has to hold his side and for his side (cricket), nevertheless whether or not it is admitted, there is some form of a paradigm shift in the cultural dynamics of what young Barbadians want to do as a form of athletic expression.
Whether it is that basketball has better marketing here, or it may be connected to the Losedies’ piss-poor performance this … The fact is that WHOEVER is trying to acquire Bajan b-ball recruits for the USA knows there is an opening and if that is the case then Joel Garner as a selector should notify his relevant counterparts or colleagues and aggressively put such a threat down before it grows!
If cricket is really “we” or “WI” culture, then you damn well better pull your thumb out and start doing something… I have said this is only a game, but good God, play as if you WANTED to win! This includes safeguarding future players to have a better performance for other games yet to happen! As it is now, when this is done, let ’em all go and select fresh new players who are HUNGRY for victory!