“Guyanese coach lauds West Indies Cricket Board” By Andre Nelson: in association with Wartsila Operations Guyana Inc, Lifetime Real Management, P &P Insurance Brookers, Star Party Rentals and Trophy Stall

National under 17 Cricket Coach, Gavin Nedd has lauded the West Indies Cricket Board for what he has dubbed as the board’s positive initiatives. Nedd said that the initiatives which the board has been implementing, has the potential to not only develop the sport but to ensure that it return to its past dominance.

Nedd speaking to Chronicle Sport pointed out that one such initiative that he is very pleased with is the Captains, managers and coaches seminar that was instituted during the staging of this year’s competition. He noted that Travis Persaud who is leading the national team in this year’s competition would have benefited significantly from the one day seminar. “This seminar will further aid in developing his skills and ability as a captain and like I have noted that Travis has great potential and while there are many who may disagree with him captaining the team I believe that the selectors made the right choice,” he said.

Nedd pointed out that the two seminars which was designed for the captains, coaches and managers is useful to the national team as it would help in further developing the players. He said that a number of issues were addressed in the seminars noting that it was very useful and fruitful.

He stressed that he is very pleased and satisfied with what WICB has been instituting noting that he firmly feels that cricket is on its way back to the top within West Indies. “The hoard (WICB) has been doing a lot and I think that they should be commended as they are aggressively pursuing holistic development of both the players and the sport,” he said.

Nedd who has seen his team suffered devastating losses will seek to salvage some pride in winning its two remaining matches. He however is optimistic that his charge will return home not at the bottom of the points table. “I have a group of guys who are capable of doing very well and like I have said at the start of the tournament is that it comes down to who can better adapt themselves to the conditions will be victories,” he reiterated.

Nedd while not disclosing any intimate details for the team’s next match firmly feels that they can win their matches. He also was high in praise for another innovative initiative that he said was introduced by the board. Nedd pointed out that the recent decision by the board to award as bonus 0.5 point to every wicket taken by a fast bowler is one that needs high commendation. He said that with this approach it would aid in national teams seeking to identify fast bowlers which he said will result in more fast bowlers being produced for the region.

(FILE IMAGE) "In years gone by, the West Indies Cricket team had some of the most feared and recognize fast bowlers in the world, however over time we have seen a significant decrease in the quality and ability of fast bowlers so I think that with this new initiative we would see new and possibly better fast bowlers being produced. It is through initiatives like these that will result in the WICB achieving its objectives," he stressed.

(FILE IMAGE) “In years gone by, the West Indies Cricket team had some of the most feared and recognize fast bowlers in the world, however over time we have seen a significant decrease in the quality and ability of fast bowlers so I think that with this new initiative we would see new and possibly better fast bowlers being produced. It is through initiatives like these that will result in the WICB achieving its objectives,” Nedd stressed.

The National Under 17 Coach feels that each member board should lend whatever support and assistance to the board as they seek to improve the game thus resulting in better performances at the senior level. He also thanked the West Indies Cricket Board for what he said was a sensible decision of having one regional tournament at the Under 15 and Under 17 level. “At this stage if these young men plays one tournament per year it is adequate as you don’t want to have situations whereby they encounter lingering and nagging injuries,” he said.

He added, “one tournament per year helps them in better preparing while it seeks to help balance their cricketing matches thus ensuring that they are not overworked with significant number of matches so I think that it was a very sensible and wise decision by the board to only have one tournament for the Under 15 and Under 17’s each year. I think that this is the right direction that the board should be proceeding in.”

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