Fast bowling workshop for coaches step in right direction: Gibson

Ottis Gibson said such initiatives will go a long way in the development of the game in Caribbean region Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Barbados: Sep 10, 2011

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has expressed that the ongoing West Indies Cricket Board two-day Fast Bowling Coaches Workshop is a step in the right direction and has come in an ideal time.

He stressed that such initiatives will go a long way in the development of the game in the region.

“This workshop is the first of many we plan to have and it is great to see the WICB has decided to invest in the development of coaches from across the region as we seek to raise the level of cricket in the Caribbean,” Gibson was quoted by the ICC on its website.

“Bowling was a natural starting point for me as I was a fast bowler during my playing days and a Bowling Coach as well. We intend to do other workshops on batting, spin bowling, wicket-keeping, and fielding in the future,” he added.

“Up-skilling the coaches in the region is vitally important. We are offering them clear guidelines on how to coach effectively and what to look for; how to make changes and adjustments, and hopefully this will, in the end produce, better coaches capable of helping with the development of our players.”

The workshop is being held at the Sagicor High Performance Centre at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.

World renowned biomechanist Dr. Paul Hussion and the Windies coach are facilitating it. The team includes Sagicor HPC Bowling Coach and West Indies Under-19 Head Coach Roddy Estwick, WICB Physiotherapist CJ Clark and video and statistical analyst Richard Berridge along with others.

The WICB is funding the participation of two coaches from each Territorial Board and combined campuses and colleges and the workshop was also open to other coaches who showed an interest.

“The initiative is two-fold. In the West Indies we have a great history of amazing fast bowlers. Young men grew up wanting to be a Hall or a Griffith, a Marshall or a Garner, a Walsh or an Ambrose. We were blessed with amazing fast bowlers. Nowadays the cupboard doesn’t appear as full and we have to start to look at ways of producing great pacers. In the glory days of West Indies cricket our fast bowlers won us many matches and I believe good fast bowlers will still win you matches,” Gibson continued.

“We also need to educate our hard-working coaches about the various aspects of fast bowling and also provide them with details and offer the right knowledge base to help our young fast bowlers develop. The fact that the numbers of coaches who came here for the workshop is quite high, and we had a lot more who wanted to participate, suggest that people across the Caribbean see the importance of such initiatives.

“We have a number of coaches here who have played at the international and regional levels and we aim to equip them with the tools to assist the young fast bowlers across the Caribbean and help them to fix some of the common problems young fast bowlers have.”

List of participants

Territorial Board nominees: Vasbert Drakes Barbados, Dexter Toppin Barbados, Floyd Reifer CCC, Ryan Wiggins CCC, Esuan Crandon Guyana, Rayon Griffith Guyana, Terrence Corke Jamaica, Robert Samuels Jamaica, Winston Benjamin Leeward Islands, Alec Burns Trinidad and Tobago, Roland Sampath – Trinidad and Tobago, Raymond Duncan – Windward Islands, Walter Emmanuel – Windward Islands.

Independent Participants: Pernell Wattley – Antigua and Barbuda, Hendy Bryan Barbados, Henderson Springer Barbados, Lorenzo Tucker Bermuda, Ian Allen – St Vincent and the Grenadines, Deighton Butler – St Vincent and the Grenadines, Nixon McLean – St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dasrath Maharaj – Trinidad and Tobago.