In a recent review of Morning, Paramin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), Walcott’s final published work, I reflected on how difficult it can be to escape Sir Derek’s titanic shadow.
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Khan calls for hard work to solve Windies woes
Former manager of the West Indies cricket team Omar Khan is calling on the current crop of cricketers to just work a lot harder on their individual game, in order to get better results for the team.
Khan said the players have to have an appreciation of what is required to be successful at the international level and they would realise that one way is to just simply work hard on their game.
“Our players need to understand what it takes to be professional at the international level. They have to understand that it is not club cricket or even regional cricket. You are placed in an environment where men will analyse every part of your game and hence you need to be on the move all the time.
“I am of the firm belief that the old adage of hard work brings success still applies in the current international cricket climate. The players have to be consistently working on their game.
They cannot wait until they are selected on the West Indies team to go out there and start to work.
They need to be working in between series and going to the gym and nets and consistently trying to improve their game.
“The players have to understand that they are professionals and they are on retainer contracts and hence they need to deliver not only in terms of scoring runs or taking wickets but being fit to represent the team, when called upon. They need to work on getting their fitness level up and they cannot just hope to work for a week before the series in order to get success.”
Khan said the players also have to understand that when they walk out to play, they represent over nine million people in the region. “Players have to understand the history of the team, where they came from and what they are representing. When they go out their to play they have in their hands the aspirations of nine million and more people in the Caribbean.
“At the end of the day, this current West Indies team needs to improve their professionalism and once this is done you would get the results that one would expect on a consistent basis. If this is not done, you would just continue to get plasters for the cut and the healing would never be complete.”