While it can be said the West Indies cricket team has one of the worst youth players-to-senior team legend records in the history of the sport, it can also be said the Indian cricket team has one of the best such records. WI would therefore do well to study them in great detail.

The pillar of the Indian youth development programme in cricket is discovering match winners as early as possible, and blooding them as early as possible in the senior team next to seasoned veterans who they ultimately replace as legends and veterans in the team.

Indians believe greatly in the concept of the talismanic player who has what they consider to be personal magic or what the Americans call the right stuff that would make the whole team great by teaching it how to forget to lose.

WI cricket, not surprisingly, has the opposite approach in which we marginalise and sideline talismans because WI are intimidated by the very powerful character and joie de vivre they possess to make them the champions of a team that wins.

So a player like Shamar Springer goes undeveloped at the highest levels of cricket as a talisman in the Caribbean, so that if he ever does get into the WI cricket by 26 or thereabouts, he is so disillusioned and suppressed that he has lost that magic spark or right stuff, and is unable to do at the senior level what was easy to him at the youth level.

I hope this has not yet happened to Springer, and I hope it is not done to other young talents of a talismanic nature in the WI cricket setup, like Trinidadian Djenaba Joseph.

This case has been argued successfully by the fact that it was not Rahane or Rohit or Kohli who led India to a 2-1 Test cricket victory over the mighty Australians away, but the young talismans and future legends in the form of Pant and Gill.

Indians all over the world can now expect to retain the Border-Gavaskar and many other trophies for the foreseeable future because of their visionary youth cricket policy, while the WI cricket trophy cupboards continue to remain bare due to our lack thereof.

Fitzroy Othello

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The government is once again proving there is nothing like a financial crisis to sharpen one’s focus.

After six years in office the Dr Keith Rowley administration now appears to be moving with haste to tackle the decades-old problems at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).

Our little island has produced more than its fair share of people who have contributed to the development of the society without fanfare or public acclaim.

Such persons do not act in the pursuit of fame or fortune, but out of the desire to contribute to the development of our nation and the improvement of our livelihood.

I would like to appeal to the people who are in charge of the Maracas Beach car park to put some sort of system in place for the use of the car park on the weekends.

I will specify Sundays because that is the day I usually go to Maracas Beach and is one of the most popular days for people going to that beach.

As I read our dailies, what is catching my attention is the amount of crime being reported all over Trinidad and Tobago. Our news is packed with people who have been caught indulging themselves in criminal activities.

The value of work.

For young workers it is a critical part of the journey towards self-reliance, and being able to strike out and be productive, contributing members of society.

Money also teaches us the value of prioritising purchases, budgeting and saving.