Grassroots level sport is in need of much improvement in the United Kingdom. The way in which we scout and develop youngsters in sport needs to be challenged.
We seem unable to achieve at the big tournaments. Much has been said about the super long length of the Cricket World Cup, particulary given they had already been on a long tour in the Southern Hemisphere, but they are highly paid professionals employed to do a jon, and it does seem that we always bottle it in the end.
Hannah and I came in from our dance lessons last night to discover that there was a progamme on television about disabled dancing. It was really interesting watching how they adapt it, train up for competitions. The programme followed a group from Bristol and a group from Scotland as they competed at the national championships. Really interesting.
As I mentioned in a previous post South Africa’s Herchelle Gibbs created world cup cricket history by striking six stunning sixes off a hapless Netherlands bowler Dan van Bunge in the Cricket world cup 2007! Even in a small ground it was still incredible batting.
Other highlights/lowlights include
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has died after being found unconscious in his hotel room in Jamaica. It all seems very unclear as to what happened. Let’s hope that it wasn’t too linked with the poor six months he has had. Pakistan were eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday after losing by three wickets to Ireland.
Following the infamous forfeited Test against England at The Oval last summer, two of their leading fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, were suspended after failing doping tests.
The pair later saw those bans rescinded but missed the World Cup because of injury, something Woolmer admitted had hindered the team.
Andrew Flintoff’s off the wall behaviour has landed him in trouble, being dropped for the match against Canada, and being fired as Vice-Captain. It is sad when a star of his magnitude doesn’t seem to take seriously representing your country, something that so many young people would love to do.
Their have been some great matches for the smaller teams. With Ireland beating Pakistan, and Bangladesh (my new team, after Phil, Hannah’s brother came back for Bangladesh and gave me a their cricket shirt as a present!) beating India the World Cup isn’t looking quite as straightforward.