Murray: Interest in T&T coaching job a good sign


BRIDGETOWN, Bar­ba­dos – The over­whelm­ing in­ter­est shown in the po­si­tion of head coach of Trinidad and To­ba­go Red Force should be viewed as a gen­uine in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing the game and not a grab for mon­ey, be­lieves West In­dies crick­et leg­end Deryck Mur­ray.

At the April 30 dead­line for sub­mis­sion of ap­pli­ca­tions, a to­tal of 18 peo­ple had thrown their hats in­to the ring for the job ad­ver­tised by the Trinidad and To­ba­go Crick­et Board (TTCB) on April 2. Among them were for­mer coach Mervyn Dil­lon whose con­tract ex­pired at the end of April and sev­er­al ap­pli­cants from out­side the twin-is­land re­pub­lic.

Speak­ing on the Ma­son & Guest ra­dio pro­gramme on Tues­day night, Trinida­di­an Mur­ray said he did not be­lieve the com­pe­ti­tion for the job was sole­ly re­lat­ed to pay.

“I’m sure it’s not that well-paid that you’d leave what­ev­er you were do­ing to run and go to be the coach. But it’s just the thrill of be­ing able to har­ness the tal­ents of young peo­ple in any sport, and a sport you love, crick­et,” said the 76-year-old who cap­tained T&T from 1976 to 1981 and was vice-cap­tain of the West In­dies teams that won the 1975 and the 1979 World Cups.

“It’s a job that peo­ple would love and I think that’s why peo­ple are ap­ply­ing.”

How­ev­er, Mur­ray ad­mit­ted be­ing sur­prised by the num­ber of over­seas ap­pli­ca­tions.

Among the non-Trinida­di­ans who want the job are 38-year-old Bar­ba­di­an and for­mer West In­dies left-arm spin­ner Sulie­man Benn, Pak­istan Test bats­man Atiq-Uz-Za­man, Sri Lankan Pasin­du Liyanaarachichi, Asadul­lah Khan of Afghanistan, and Hein­rich Malan of South Africa.

“You know you ex­pect that if it was the Test match team or the Women’s West In­dies team but I’m sur­prised that they had as many as 18 ap­pli­ca­tions, but it just shows how many peo­ple want to be in­volved in crick­et and that’s good for the game,” said Mur­ray, who is now T&T’s High Com­mis­sion­er to Ja­maica.

The TTCB is ex­pect­ed to put a com­mit­tee in place by the mid­dle of this month to set up in­ter­views with the ap­pli­cants and pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions.

The new coach will be re­spon­si­ble for crick­et man­age­ment of all play­ers who are se­lect­ed from time to time to rep­re­sent the na­tion­al team; fa­cil­i­tat­ing the suc­cess­ful per­for­mance of the team through team build­ing, morale boost­ing and con­fi­dence build­ing tech­niques; de­ter­min­ing and im­ple­ment­ing strate­gies for the im­prove­ment of the tech­ni­cal skills of in­di­vid­ual play­ers and the team in gen­er­al; de­ter­min­ing strate­gies and tac­tics for fa­cil­i­tat­ing the suc­cess of the team against op­pos­ing teams; pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship and good in­ter­per­son­al re­la­tion­ships with oth­er mem­bers of the man­age­ment team, cap­tain and oth­er play­ers so as to en­gen­der uni­ty and a com­mon ob­jec­tive.

(CMC)





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