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QPCC secretary: Test cricket has no future in region
The Twenty20 (T20) cricket format, not the one day or test versions of the game, is the future of the sport, at least in the Caribbean says Godfrey Bain, honorary secretary of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC).
Delivering the feature address at the legendary sporting organisation’s Annual Awards and Dinner held at the Ballroom of the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain on Friday, Bain, an accountant by profession, underscored why the new form of the game was the ideal investment for this region.
“I heard Jeffrey Guillen on TV saying that many of the successful T20 players would love to play Test cricket. Of course, they would! They have enough money in the bank to say so and mean it. We all would like to try something different. But as the new millionaires if they would give up all their T20 earnings and T20 cricket altogether in order to play Test cricket and see the answers you get. No!” he said.
Bain added, “The T20 is the future of the game especially in this part of the world with small populations in each territory and working demands that have changed dramatically over the years. I don’t intend to conduct a session on why Test cricket has no future in the region, but the economic realities are clear.”
He cited that international cricketers and QPCC members Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo and Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Kevon Cooper were all successful because of their focused efforts on the T20 game.
Their rewards, he said, was huge sums of money.
With success, said Bain, cricketers have now moved to establish their own signature looks.
In the case of Reyad Emrit and Sunil Narine it’s the mohawk, while other sportsmen could be identified by their ornamentation, be it, massive gold chains and expensive sunglasses “specially designed for night games.”
“What all of you young players have to learn from their success is that their own personas which have become part of their cricket folklore have not been easily earned. They have put it all out there and deservedly become wealthy, hugely popular and loved and admired by all of us. Their success is our success and I get a vicarious thrill every time Kieron (Pollard) takes another magnificent catch, when Sunil (Narine) bamboozles Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne (Bravo) hands outspread runs toward cover. These are Trinis. These are club members and we all share in the pride of their success,” said Bain.
He added, “This why and this is what you must emulate. Their effort and commitment have earned them everything that they have. You too have the opportunity to achieve their success, but the effort is great and as members of this magnificent club, you all can do this.”
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