Battle won

. . . but coach wants more from his troops

Barbados might have won the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional First Class Tournament but coach Henderson Springer is not satisfied with their overall performance.

Henderson Springer
Henderson Springer

The Kraigg Brathwaite-led Barbados team were confirmed as having retained the trophy they won under Kirk Edwards last year, when rain played havoc with competition leaders Trinidad and Tobago in their final game against Guyana at Providence on Monday. Barbados had moved to the top of the table on Sunday after beating the Leeward Islands in just over two days.

But Springer told Barbados TODAY he believed the Barbados team could do even better and they will be working harder at their game to get to the point he thinks they should be.

“I am contented but not satisfied because I believe a lot of the guys can do a lot better and my aim as coach of the Barbados national team is not just to win trophies because that is a welcome aside. I would like to prepare these guys to play international cricket and successfully do so for a period of time so they can make a great impact on international cricket,” Springer said.

Barbados made changes in their leadership for both the One-Day and first class teams which the coach described as not being easy in the first instance. But he added that with the all-round support of senior players and management the team held its own.

“And obviously they [captains] have a serious responsibility of captaining the Barbados team, it is not just a matter of captaining Under-19 cricketers or schoolboy cricketers, you are captaining men who are working for a daily living as cricketers which is a different scenario all together,” Springer said in relation to the adjustment of the team towards their new captains.

Springer praised both Kevin Stoute who led the one-day side to the NAGICO Super 50 title and Brathwaite who was at the helm of the Barbados team for the first time. Springer noted they handled themselves excellently both on and off the field. He added that players such as fast bowler Fidel Edwards, former captain Edwards and spin bowler Sulieman Benn had played instrumental roles in offering support to their captains and theyhad to be commended for that.

Springer, who is also the director of coaching with the Barbados Cricket Association, said his charges were currently working on what he liked to call the “one per centers”.

“At the moment we are focusing and paying attention to the details of our game which are bowling, batting and fielding and playing clean cricket as well because that is very important. Obviously you are going to get good individual performance in team cricket but having said that those individual performances blend well at the appropriate time with overall team effort,” Springer said.

Looking ahead, he said that many of the players were currently working hard at their game for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League slated to commence in July. Springer said he would be assistant coach for the first time to the Barbados Tridents and he was definitely looking forward to working with the players.

“It certainly feels good to be working with the Barbados Tridents and it will be a good challenge for me after being on the sidelines last season.”

Today Barbados named an unchanged 13-man squad for the semi-final match against Jamaica for the Headley/Weekes Trophy at Kensington Oval from April 19 to 22.

Squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Omar Phillips, Kevin Stoute.

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