Bishop - Play more cricket in Tobago
Trinidad Express article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - ESPN commentator and former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop says that more cricket needs to be played outside of Port of Spain to attract the big crowds and give cricketers encouragement.
Bishop, speaking to WICB media, said hosting NAGICO Super50 matches at Shaw Park should have happened some time back.
“Long overdue,” he said.” It is long overdue that more regional cricket isn’t played in Tobago. Whenever you go to Tobago even to South Trinidad you will get a full house because people haven’t seen that much cricket. They’re interested but they can’t travel long distances to watch, so I think more cricket needs to be played there so that more development will take place and there will be more encouragement for the local players.”
Bishop praised the tournament for its good scores after the first two rounds.
“There have been some good things. I liked what I saw from some of the batsmen, Keddy Lesporis’ hundred Jonathan Carter’s hundred is the highlight of the tournament so far, and one or two other bits and pieces here and there. (There was) also some disappointing things as well. For example, Windwards batting in the tournament has been disappointing and one or two other teams, Trinidad and Tobago and Leewards Islands as well, so I am seeing some improvements but I am also seeing again where we need to improve,” he said.
Bishop said that the batting has been good in patches and bigger scores are what he wanted to see from this tournament.
Bishop was also pleased by the performances of former West Indies middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan and pacers Ronsford Beaton and Jason Holder, of whom he is a great fan.
“He just continues to grow from strength to strength,” he said of Holder. “Ronsford Beaton is the one I am hoping has a good tournament and guys like Quinton Boatswain are going to get the chance to be exposed to a wider audience here and it is good that some of the old senior guys, Dwayne Smith is getting some runs. I want to see Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine play their part as well, so I think it is a case where we might see the normal teams if weather permits back in the semi-finals and finals,” Bishop added.