Letters to the Sports Editor…Disgusted by Gibson’s comments
Please allow me to express my utter disgust and sorrow at the arrogant and juvenile comments of the West Indies Coach Mr Otis Gibson with respect to Narsingh Deonarine. I had to read the article twice to make sure it was what it said.
Does Mr. Gibson have any experience in management, has he taken any basic management course? He would realise that these are not comments you make about your players in public. You do not use the public forum to threaten and undermine your players, you do not talk down and ridicule your players in public like this. Mr Gibson should realize that the most important asset of any organization is its people. While the West Indies players need to be shaken out of their complacency, this is not the way to do it. You never as a manager achieve long term success and respect from your players by threatening and ridiculing them in public.
Here is Mr Gibson commenting on someone who is just coming in back into the team, essentially saying that you Mr Narsingh is just in the side because we do not have Marlon Samuels. Well Marlon Samuels has not done anything outstanding or special since coming back into the side. And further he goes on to say that Narsingh, do not get too sure of yourself with your achievement of topping the regional average you are not that good. Has Mr Gibson used this same analogy or barometer for the other mediocre players in the WI side, who have not done as well as Mr Narsingh.
Reading Gibson comments on Bravo, he seems to be a bit more understanding and respectful of Bravo than Narsingh, which makes one wonder if there, is any hidden bias or agenda at play here.
To be fair to the management of West Indies cricket, one agrees that the players need to be more professional, focused, determined, take pride in the fact that they are privileged to play for West Indies not that once in the team they have a right to play. Mr. Chanderpaul is the only player in the side who understands this.
Having said that, there are ways that Management can go about changing the culture and value system of the players in the side; Management should not lose self respect by behaving and conducting themselves as perceived thugs and enforcers, this colonial systems of master and servants has to be replaced by one of respect, tact, understanding, empathy, humility and
not the crass and arrogant behaviour we see that continues to emanate from the Management side. There are times when one has to let go of pride admit you are wrong, not afraid to apologize, this in the long run will do more to heal wounds, instead of I am the big boss man, you are the peasant, that sort of management does not work, Mr Gibson you should understand this and try to refrain from making these outrageous comments, it will only restrain the progress of our cricket. Let’s lift the standard and move forward, we are a great cricket nation with a history that is second to none.