Andy Roberts visits Jamaica

Legendary West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts made his first, of what will be several trips to Jamaica recently to assess that country’s preparations and needs for the Stanford 20/20 Tournament, scheduled for Summer 2006.

While in Jamaica, Roberts met with the members of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Cricket and Coaching Directorate including JCA President Jackie Hendricks and Brian Breese, JCA Cricket Operations Officer, and visited six playing facilities with JCA National Coach Director Jeffrey Dujon.

The Jamaica Carib Beer Squad, which was preparing for its first two matches against the Leewards and Windwards during Roberts’ visit also had the opportunity to hear from Roberts when he gave players a motivational talk in anticipation of their upcoming competition.

‘We were very satisfied with the meetings that were held with Andy Roberts,’ said Dujon. ‘General agreement was reached that the areas of assistance outlined by the JCA were in keeping with the thinking behind the Stanford proposal.’

According to Dujon, some of the areas that require attention are coaching, in particular ‘elite clinics’ in specialist areas such as fast bowling and off-spin; the employment of a third National Coach; increased development of the infrastructure including the use of the most modern methods and equipment; and the provision of a sports physiotherapist in addition to the nutritionist and physical trainer that will be supplied by Stanford to work with the team.

‘The JCA is on track with its plans for the Stanford 20/20 and I have no doubt that they will be coming out in full force come Summer 2006,’ said Roberts.

Each of the 19 local cricket boards who are part of the Stanford 20/20 programme will receive US$100,000 for the development of their facilities. An additional US$5000 per month is being provided for the upkeep of the facilities and another US$10,000 per month for coaching and player development for a grand total of US$280,000. The total amount being provided by Stanford to the 19 cricket boards is US$5.3 Million.

Visits such as Andy Roberts’ are part of Stanford’s strategy to prepare the countries as much as possible for the Tournament. Each legend has ‘adopted’ at least one of the 19 countries, and will act as advisors to the local cricket boards and liaisons between the tournament’s organizing committee. They will also travel regularly to the jurisdiction to view the progress of the teams and offer any assistance necessary.

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