ST JOHN’S, Antigua- Former national and Leeward Islands cricket captain Wilden “Polo” Cornwall, has urged the recently elected LICA executive to concentrate on development within the subregion.
Cornwall, who led the Leeward Islands to 50overs triumph back in 2010, said those in authority must also surround themselves with capable and competent individuals.
“I would look at some of the members I have around me to move the cricket forward. Also, I would look at development. You have to look at development and especially where coaching is concerned as well. You have to pay a lot of attention to that field because only coaches will get success in terms of
getting the young players where they want to be and you have to spend time in that area in coaches development,” he said.
Former Leeward Islands player and captain Auckland Hector was on December 14 elected president of LICA, taking over the reins from Gregory Shillingford who did not contest the elections.
Cornwall also revealed he had applied for a coaching job within the LICA setup but is yet to receive a response.
“ I applied about 16 months ago for Leewards’ coach (job) but I never got a response. Sixteen months now I applied to give my service to Leeward Islands and up to
this moment I’ve never received a reply, so this is telling you the sort of people we (had) in control of our cricket,” the Liberta player said.
Asked to comment on LICA’s slow pace at naming a squad for the upcoming NAGICO Super50, which begins at the end of January, Cornwall said
this has been the norm for a number of years.
“ Other territories engage in warmup games and practice games. They are preparing for a tournament. But we are just preparing to participate
because we just know that we have to go into the tournament and that is it for years and nothing changes. We change board after board; different faces
come into the territorial set up and nothing has been changed from since when, and the players are just being held at ransom because when the tournaments are
looking to finish, then is when the players start to peak and that’s too late,” he said.
Cornwall will leave for England at midApril where he will perform player/coach duties with Division Two side Weaverham, as they
contest the Cheshire County Cricket League.