KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – There is very little being done to protect and assist young upcoming cricketers in the Windward Ilsands, in light of the many hurdles that they face in today’s world of consumerism and fast pace technology.
Responding to a question posed to him by www.sportcaraibe.com sports journalist, Chief executive Officer of the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control Lennox John, said, “nothing is being done at the moment.”
He said that there is nothing in place to assist and counsel the young cricketers who are witnesses to the on-going fragile and at times hostile relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and many of the region’s top players.
Additionally there is the issue of many social temptations being thrown their way, and in many instances choice has to be made between employment and their future as a cricketer.
John admitted that this has never been discuss, and neither was it ever a thought of his.
However he admitted that it was a welcome thought and he will be bringing it to the attention of WICBC directors, towards having such a conselling programme in place.
He was at the time attending a brief handover ceremony of cricket gear by Deputy Prime mINISTER OF st. Vincent and the Grenadines Sir Louis Straker, to left-handed batsman Gidron Pope, and left-arm seamer Obed McCoy; two Under-19 cricketers who were selected to represent the West Indies in the 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh later this year.