A Reflection on Selection
Here is my final
analysis of the Selection Committee. I should point out
Over the past few weeks I have conducted a series of interviews with the senior selection committee of the CCA. I am grateful to Mr Mike Khan, (Ontario) Mr Arvind Patel (Quebec/Maritimes) as well as Mr Karam Gopaulsingh
I would now like to take this opportunity to give you my opinion on this situation. Let us examine the process of becoming a selector. In all three interviews I was not given a clear response as to how one is elevated to this critical position. For example, from the chairman, Mr. Gopaulsingh: "Appointment is based on qualifications and experience," and from Mr. Arvind Patel there was "No response". Perhaps the only viable answer came from the Ontario rep, Mr. Mike Khan who reported that: "You must have represented Canada at the National level and/or your respective home province before you can be considered for a selector's position." From these responses it is apparent that there is a measure of disorganization, lack of communication as well as little to no adherence to a policy. Perhaps it is symptomatic of a larger issue.
a major part of any organization. The lack of meetings and
Let us divert
for a moment from the internal workings of the selection
The band aid
measure of a one weekend selection camp, with players not
Let us examine
the evidence. There is no coherent or consistent structure, a mysterious
process to be elevated into a selector, a one weekend selection camp and
poor communications between the arms of the CCA. How then, can there possibly
be an efficient development process to encourage the evolution of cricket
into a professional sport in the Canadian context? I can only point out
that without coherence, communication and a firm policy for development
we are heading towards a global embarrassment in South Africa. With that
in mind, I believe that we should turn our hearts towards rebuilding,
focus on our juniors/colts and begin the evolution into a Cricketing Nation.
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