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Thursday 18 October 2018
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Rayad Emrit online abuse really unfair

THE EDITOR: Why do people who have absolutely no experience playing cricket or any sport at a top level feel they have the expertise to advise professional sportsmen?

If those people have a smart idea that could improve a sportsman’s game, it’s probably not something they haven’t already considered themselves.

I don’t believe Rayad Emrit went onto the field in Sunday’s Caribbean Premier League final at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba to deliberately drop catches or give runs away.

It must be difficult for him to have worked hard at becoming an excellent cricketer to have to listen to online comments from people who have little real understanding of what being a professional cricketer entails. Some of his critics may have never held a cricket bat, bowled a delivery or even managed a successful business. The comments were really unfair.

According to newspaper reports, the experienced 37-year-old was the most expensive bowler in the final between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Trinbago Knight Riders, which was an exciting affair. Emrit conceded 47 runs in three overs as high-scoring Colin Munro hit him for three sixes and a four in the 17th over that went for 27 runs.

It must be noted by the critics that about a week before Emrit was the Warriors’ best bowler with two wickets for 25 runs to end a six-match Trinbago Knight Riders winning streak at Providence Stadium, Guyana.

Emrit followed up with figures of two for 22 in the qualifier to help book Guyana’s spot in the final. Unfortunately, in the ugly world of sports people don’t remember your past successes.

SIMON WRIGHT, Chaguanas

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