Cricket West Indies (CWI) director of cricket Jimmy Adams and West Indies men’s team batting coach Monty Desai are currently in Trinidad collecting data from local coaches to help revtatlise and mould the next generation of Caribbean cricketers.
Addressing over 40 coaches at the National Cricket Centre, Couva, on Tuesday, Adams emphasised the role of coaches in turning the tide for the regional Test team.
The former West Indies captain pointed out that methods employed by coaches differ from island to island and the interactive session was a step towards collecting data from those who are involved in working with young cricketers.
Adams, here in Trinidad for the Regional Four-Day Tournament final round, said it has been a challenge for coaches to create the perfect environment to ensure positive results.
A statement issued by the TT Cricket Board said Adams agreed the game of cricket has been evolving and decision-making has become key to the success of any budding cricketer even as young as ten.
“Don’t be afraid, equip them and give them the confidence, as the quality of their decision-making will determine their performance, as skill means nothing if it can’t be applied,” Adams told the coaches.
Also presenting was WI batting coach Desai, an Indian national who was appointed in 2019, and strength and conditioning coach Ronald Rogers.
Desai said he has a philosophy of striving to build a happy dressing room and consistently works at creating an environment that is conducive to optimising the player’s talent and skill.
Desai, whose portfolio includes stints as head coach with Canada and Afghanistan and affiliations to Indian Premier League teams Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions, is also a strong believer in building relationships to foster successful results.
Rogers delivered the most detailed presentation to the coaches, outlining the different levels of strength and conditioning training and their importance to the decision-making process in any cricketer’s mind.
He said the benefits of warm-ups are immense, ranging from low- to high-intensity exercises and highlighted recovery periods which also contribute to overall performances.
Rogers gave practical demonstrations of simple methods which can be employed using easily obtainable materials, which, correctly used, can make a significant difference.
He told the coaches he is always available to answer any questions they may have and offer advice and insights which can contribute to uplifting their coaching.