CORRECTION: Transformation in cricket not a quick fix: Forster

25 Nov 2017 11:10am

WINDHOEK, 24 NOV (NAMPA) – Cricket Namibia (CN) Chief Executive Officer, Peter Forster says a lot of mechanisms need to be in place for the 50 per cent transformation for people of colour to be achieved in cricket.
He said this in an interview with Nampa on Thursday.
Forster said currently, there are a lot of things that are needed to fully decentralise the game of cricket to all the regions in the country and meet the 50 per cent transformation.
“There are a range of things that we need to have in place to allow development to occur. That includes facilities, because you can’t play basic cricket without facilities. This includes equipment and good coaching,” he said.
He added that it will not make sense to introduce cricket to areas that do not have the necessary infrastructure in place.
“Transformation in cricket is not a quick fix, because all the plans for that to happen require money,” he said, referring to coaching staff and infrastructure.
“It won’t make sense to take the game to places where kids have to travel distances to venues or take cricket to a place where there are no coaches qualified to train them daily.”
Forster stated that the lack of human resources in the different regions contribute to the slow transformation of the game.
John Heynes, operations manager at CN said a lot of players of colour are talented, but a lot of guidance is needed to help them remain in the sport.
“I can say I am really privileged to have been a player, coach and now in a management position from a group of people of colour in the sport,” he said.
Heynes said based on his experience in Namibian cricket, players of colour need to be guided well through the system, because they sometimes quit the sport for other sports played daily in their towns or neighbourhoods.
“Transformation in cricket is not going to come in a day,” he said.
He said the current management is working towards implementing a hub where Kwata cricket players can graduate from soft ball cricket to hard ball.
Kwata is CN’s developmental programme that targets players in primary schools.
Currently, CN has one player of colour in the under-11 programme, three in the under-13 programme, two players of colour in the under-15 programme and five in the under-19 programme. There are no players of colour in the under-17 development programme.
Heynes said players of colour who played in the under-15 division were promoted to under-19 instead of the under-17 programme, explaining the deficit of players of colour in the under-17 programme.