Kissoon batting for WI blind cricket
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Trinidad and Tobago’s blind cricket coach, Harrilal Kisson, is clamouring for cricket authorities to invest in new development programmes for blind cricket in the Caribbean.
Kisson’s appeal comes in the wake of the West Indies premature ejection from the inaugural Twenty20 Cricket World Cup for the Blind in Bangalore, India, last month.
Kissoon believes a lot of work needs to be done if the West Indies is to create an impression on the international circuit.
“We would like to get some more development camps going. It’s only when we played these teams (that) we realised how unfit our players were” said Kisson.
“The weather there is so dusty and polluted it did take a toll on our players. However, I think that if we visit other countries and have an ability to acclimatise ourselves, we should bring home some better results”.
In last month’s T20 world cup for the blind, West Indies failed to get past the opening round of matches and were forced to view the remaining stages of the competition from the stands.
Kissons has criticized the fact that the Caribbean select their players from Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago while countries like India and Pakistan have between 200-300 teams a country.
“The selection of our best players is more or less limited because we don’t have the funds or any form of financial assistance to run our own camps and things like that”said Kisson.
“If we get a bit more sponsors and help from the Government, we may be able to develop our athletes better”.
The West Indies team for the first ever blind cricket world cup included five Trinidad and Tobago national cricketers-Jennson Poyah, Rodney Ramrattan, Rajendra Ramnarine, Ulric Andrews and Michael Durham.
The West Indies team was selected after what officials described as a “detailed and all-round development programme” in Jamaica in July.