APRIL 01, 2013

Ryder assault had everything to do with alcohol

Samir Chopra: Soon after news of Jesse Ryder's terrible injuries made the news, we were assured by the NZCPA and Cricket Wellington that the violent assault on him was 'not an alcohol-related incident.'
In describing this incident as not being 'alcohol-related', NZCPA and Cricket Wellington are misspeaking © Getty Images
MARCH 30, 2013

Cricket news

The instinct of walking away

As a lifeskills coach, one of the things that Michael Jeh teaches young cricketers is knowing when to walk away from a provocation fuelled by alcohol or drugs - situations that can quickly spiral out of control and end tragically for the people involved. In the aftermath of the assault on Jesse Ryder, Jeh, writing in the Mid day, says that recognising these situations is also an instinct that is honed over time.

It is this life lesson that I try to imbue in the minds of these young athletes who are used to living on razor- sharp instincts because that is the source of their sporting genius. And yet sometimes, there is that fine line between acting instinctively, and knowing when to defy instinct. Depending on the circumstance, either option could be a life-saver but the hard part is to know which button to push in which situation.

That is where repeated practice comes into play. For cricketers who are used to hitting a thousand balls a day, they often rail at the notion of sitting through workshops that simulate real life at a pub or a nightclub. Their young brains, still in the formative stage where neurons are making permanent connections, cannot readily grasp why it is necessary to practice life itself.

MARCH 20, 2013

Warne's solution is not the answer

Michael Jeh: Shane Warne's solution to the disciplinary problems Australia faced in India involved music and alcohol, an astonishingly simplistic answer to a serious issue
MAY 04, 2010

When cricketing abilities (and livers) take a hit

Rene Van Oorschot: The hills are alive with the smell of moldy gear