Muirhead - HPC has been revamped

Trinidad Express article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) High Performance Centre (HPC) in its current form is no more.

This was revealed by WICB CEO Michael Muirhead who said there will now be a high performance programme that can be administered in any of the regional territories.

“Our director of cricket (Richard Pybus) revamped that whole programme in terms of how we do it,” Muirhead told the Express yesterday.

“Before, we had them (participants) in a classroom sometimes and it was like a curriculum. We are not doing it like that anymore. We are now identifying what needs to be done at specific points in time and coming up with a programme that can be administered in any territory. We are rolling it out right now.”

When the HPC was launched under the previous WICB administration led by Julien Hunte, it was geared towards refining the skills of some of the young promising cricketers from around the region and among the first class were newly appointed West Indies Test captain Jason Holder, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, batsman Rajindra Chandrika and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who are all part of the Test team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

“The HPC from what it was before where we had the various territories nominating players and we brought them in and put them through a programme, we have done away with that,” said Muirhead.

“What we have now is a high performance programme which can be administered in any territory. We can administer the programme in any island; all we have to do is be consistent in what the programme has to offer,” he explained.

“We impressed upon the franchises that now that we have the professional system in place, everybody should have a high performance system going and because all the franchises now have the qualified personnel, they are now equipped to do it.”

He said that was one of the reasons behind having the coaches conference earlier this month which brought together all the coaches of the six Professional Cricket League franchise teams, the chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd, West Indies head coach Phil Simmons and Pybus.

“We pointed out to them that this is the philosophy of the head coach and what players need to do to get into the West Indies team, as well as the need for consistency in terms of the standards we set for all the franchises.”

First Published In The Trinidad Express.

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 07:58