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Forum discusses future of cricket

A gathering of around 20 people Monday night discussed the state of local cricket and discussed ways to help the sport blossom in the future.

Cayman Cricket President Abali Hoilett said the association’s executive wanted to discuss the various issues with players, coaches, officials and other interested parties because in doing so, the ideas would come from all involved and not just a select few.

“It’s in that vein that I wanted to have a forum such as this to inspire thoughts, inspire views,” Mr Hoilett told those assembled at the John Gray High School hall. “Cricket is not me as president; cricket is not Theo Cuffy as technical director; cricket is all of us, cricket is for everyone.”

The forum provided members of the cricketing fraternity a few moments of deep introspection during the offseason about how the sport is administered and offer their views for moving forward in 2016.

However, Mr Hoilett lamented the turnout, acknowledging they expected better attendance. Nonetheless, those who turned up discussed a wide variety of issues including the lack of coaches in schools, who are trained to teach their students cricket; the need for greater parental involvement in youth cricket; the state of facilities; improved communication; and declining financial resources.

Participants of the forum also explored ways to increase participation among children and the youth. They also heard the association was evaluating how many competitions it would be able to stage in the year ahead.

Complicating the issue for the cricket association is a reduced budget for the year ahead. The International Cricket Council has cut the amount of money it will be providing Cayman Cricket to help with local cricket. In 2015, the ICC gave $196,250 to the body but that figure is expected to drop to $105,313 next year. Additional funding is provided by government to the tune of $87,000 – that figure remains unchanged. 

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