Jacobs: More youths are playing cricket

Former West Indies wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs

Former Leeward Islands and West Indies cricketer, Ridley Jacobs has denied public claims that the sport of cricket is not attracting younger players.

Jacobs who is also responsible for school’s cricket in the Ministry of Sports spoke on the Good Morning JoJo show confidently of the increase in interest by the youth and credited this boost in numbers to the various cricket programs being put in year-round.

“I think that now a lot more young players are playing than before and I think it’s the programs that we have in place now, the West Indies Grassroots, Kiddies Cricket plus we at the Ministry of Sports we try to have as much summer camps as possible to help build that interest in the game.”

Jacobs however showed concern over the lack of

interest in test cricket by

the younger players and believes it is still a key area to focus on.

“Well you know most people in general don’t like the longer version of the game and the younger players are now also gravitating to the shorter version of the game because it’s less time, but for me, test cricket is always the ultimate and I think that’s where we need to look.” (Carlena Knight)

Pin It

Community Rules

antiguaobserver.com is really happy to provide this forum in which all are encouraged to freely state their opinions without ridiculing anyone or being ridiculed. We've found that happens really easily if each comment is limited to the topic at hand. We will approve any comment that speaks solely to the story to which it is attached and is free from name calling and defamatory statements.

While we will not post comments questioning moderators' judgement, we will take such suggestions into consideration as possible ways to improve the experience of all community members. If you feel your submission has been disallowed unfairly or if a breech slips through our net, please let us know by e-mailing customer_support@antiguaobserver.com.