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Cricket letter…cricket letter
Remove Massiah As USA And New York Captain
To The Editor:
Several Founding Fathers of the United States were known to be avid cricketers, John Adams among them, stated in the US Congress in the 1780s that if leaders of cricket clubs could be called "presidents", there was no reason why the leader of the new nation could not be called the same! Cricket embodies the Anglo-American virtues of strength, persistence, courage, camaraderie, and sportsmanship. Cricket is a respectable game, a Gentleman’s game. Cricket the game of glorious uncertainty is on the threshold of taking the American market by storm. Thanks in part to strenuous efforts of immigrant Americans mainly in the inner cities across the country. To America they brought their love for the game. In America, they embraced creative enterprise and entrepreneurship. There is however a gaping hole between the love for the game, the newly discovered enterprise and the ability to build the required social infrastructure to promote the game in the national interest. This disconnect is fostered by ignorance, cultural insecurities, and incompetence as regards the finer aspects of building bridges that add value to relationships and is manifest most in the current captain, Steve Massiah.
Further seven of eight USA probables called up from New York represent Massiah’s United Chargers in New York Premier League many have said openly that Massiah promised that they will represent USA if they play for his team.
In the 2008 Ed Ahmad Cup T20, Guyana vs. Jamaica
at Idyllwild Park, New York Massiah took three consecutive deliveries
from Powell and hit them all in the air to mid-off, he was dropped
the first two times and caught the third. In the 2008 Inter League
against Metropolitan League at Floyd Bennett Park, Massiah score
32 runs in 35 overs, Metropolitan League had nine players; Melroy
Kingston tied him up and took his wicket caught at point. Kingston
has played on Massiah lead teams either as 12th man or a number
8 batsman who never got a bowl. In the recent T20 Tournament in
Guyana, United Chargers vs. Jamaica; Chargers were 54 for 2 in 7
overs when Massiah went to the crease; Chargers 124 for 5 in 20
overs; Massiah not out 26. The US and Charger captain felt better
coming not out than going down fighting. I submit that it is American
to go down fighting – one of the batsmen who did not bat may
have played a cameo to win the game. We will never know.
Massiah for several years it is clear that he values winning therefore
he insists on having an all-star team of former Guyana / West Indian
players and his friends including 59 years old Nasir Javed and 44
years old Sudesh Dhaniram. This is the only way he thinks he can
win. In the interest of New York / USA cricket that approach is
very problematic for two reasons. First of all young Americans without
a past in Guyana / West Indies do not have much of a chance to play
and when the young Americans do play Massiah have them bat after
the bowlers. Secondly in America where champions are born and made
everyday Massiah does not offer his team that opportunity. Like
any other competitive sport, cricketers can and must be motivated
to do well. Massiah either does not have that ability to motivate
or does not see the value in motivation. We are at war in Afghanistan
and USA cricketers were offended when we were beaten by Afghanistan
with Massiah at the helm.
In response to Raj, coach is still the same in Lambert,manager is the the English/Paki fellow Khan and most importantly, Shiv is still the only selector that has been publicly acknowledged by the USACA cricket comittee. Massiah has and will continue to have a great deal of influence on the selection of the US team. Don\'t let me start with the relationship he has with the CEO. The man has his number on speed dial.
Posted by William Tucker on Nov. 13th, 2000
USA 20/20 Captain should be Cush, he is the best man for the job, Steve should not be in that team, please do the right thing and let Cush lead this team, we need a leader that will not select friends.Steve your time is up 20/20 cricket is not for u, keep playing 50 overs games.
Posted by Sanker on Nov. 13th, 2009
Hmmm...interesting! I have never met or know Massiah. But I am just wondering if the author of this article is in touch with latest developments. The last tournament USA particiated in was the ICC Americas Cup. Massiah was the Captain and USA won all five games in that tourney. So when the team is performing that well under his leadership, how can we say he is not a good Captain? Also, it is not worth talking about Jersey trip. That is long gone and many things have changed including, manager, coach and selectors of the national team.
Posted by Raj on Nov. 13th, 2009
Good article guys we need a young National USA Team to Start with. USA Cricket is going to go Downward like its doing right now if these so called administrators don\'t heed the peoples\' call and select a younger team.
Steve Massiah is still a fine Player and should be among the younger team. We should start the selection process with the Under 19 Team.
Posted by Royo Sankar on Nov. 13th, 2000
I could not agree with this article more. That is one of the reason why USACA get these yes men as selctors and coaches. The team that went to Jersey most of the players and coaches should be gone period. We have some really good young outstanding players and coaches in this country. This idea that we need former cricketers from other countries to waste our time for a year is a joke. I know of a few young coaches that is highly qualified but never get a chance because of politics. I spoke to one that everyone know and respected highly and he said this is what will happen, "USACA will hire a foreign coaches from Australia or England pay them big bucks while the many coaches that did the hard work that never received a penny will be forgotten.\" I am waiting to see if his words is true.
Steve is hype for too many years and it is time to turn the next page. Shiva is a young leader and with a couple years of development he can be a captain of the future. I am happy to see someone have the will to write this article.
Posted by Ravi Singh on Nov. 13th, 2009
Cush is correct in his assesment. He should take a leadership role. He would be my captain in the upcoming tour to Dubai
Posted by Roy Singh on Nov. 13th, 2009
Wow, what an article. you are a true cricket fan. I think it\'s time that we appoint a young captain with a lot of fire, who wants to win games for USA. We have way too many old players that has played domestic cricket elsewhere. We should select a new team of youngsters (Made in USA) that wants to win and take this game forward. Open your eyes selectors. These 40 year olds and 35 year olds are not the only ones that play cricket in USA.
Posted by Mannu on Nov. 13th, 2009
I have watched Massiah many a times this 2009 season. he is still an excellent batsman. I feel he does deserve a pick on the national side, but then to be the captain, i feel he is not up to the task. He should, and must be replaced. As per your point that the cricket captain be an American. I seel no point in that.
Posted by Sam Sooppersaud on Nov. 13th, 2009
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