Caribbean T20 2011-12 January 24, 2012

No unity in Jamaica team, say players

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andre Russell and Shawn Findlay have said that a lack of unity in the Jamaica team cost them the Caribbean T20 final against Trinidad & Tobago. Russell, the West Indies fast-bowling allrounder, said the players did not behave professionally because they were playing as individuals rather than as a team.

"As a team it is about sticking together and we are kind of lacking in that department at the moment," Russell told the Jamaican Gleaner. "It's not professional for players to go on the field and some are doing one thing and some are doing another. We need to work together more as a team and if we can do that then just like how we win the other tournaments we can win the T20 as well."

Jamaica are the current champions in West Indies' first-class and domestic 50-over competitions, and beat T&T easily in the Regional Super50 tournament final in October 2011; but they were thrashed by the same team in the Caribbean T20 final, which also cost them a place in the lucrative Champions League T20. Findlay, the Jamaica batsman, said the reversal in fortunes was due to division in the team.

"The team spirit was not the best," Findlay said. "Some of the players were not pulling for each other as we wanted it to be. We are not unified as we should be. On match days you tend to have one set of players pulling to one side and the others to a next. You're never going to win a tournament like that.

"When we won the Super50 tournament everybody was gelling together. We know we can win Twenty20 tournaments if we get to gel, as it is the gelling and chemistry that teams like Trinidad have over us."

David Bernard, the Jamaica captain, was less scathing of the team and said what was needed was more practice playing Twenty20 cricket. "A better preparation period, including the playing of more Twenty20 competitions and matches going into the next tournament, will go a long way towards helping us to get better," Bernard said. "But to do this more resources are needed and one can only hope that the Jamaican Cricket Association can get the support from corporate Jamaica to do this going forward."

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  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Marlon Samuels is a Chris Gayle clone, so what do you expect? He's been gifted by the Lord GOD Almighty with cricketing ability, but because of a poor, prima donna attiude and mentality, will never achieve his full potential. Time is running out for him too. If selected to play against the Aussies in the upcoming series and he doesn't come through with the bat, it's adios time for Mr. Samuels. I have that on good authority. Seems like riverlime has been liming by the river for too long. Stop badmouthing the B'dos team. It's not as bad as you portray. We had the great T&T team 40/5 in the semi and just couldn't finish them off. We lack clinical execution in this respect. Good fortune is a part of any game and if Benn had held that return catch offered by big swiper Pollard, the outcome might have been different. The Trinis were clearly rattled at that point. But such is sports. Sarwan is lazy/indifferent when it comes to fitness & training. Don't expect to see him in the WI team again.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Hot headed players these jamaicans, but they lacked adaptability and use of the feet to score runs. they needs practice and cohesion as well. Findley should be benched along with samuels and find new young talents like bonner.... hyatt needs to vacation

  • joel on January 26, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    @Riad Hosein.... Boy, Metman in hiding, licking his wounds and waiting for the right moment to lash out at any available weak spot. I'm not surprised by his absence, though, as B'dos are only a dwayne smith innings away from bottom of the pile. As for Marlon Samuels, he has dashed millions of hopes again, with his brainless displays of fielding and batting. And imagine he is still favoured over Sarwan!!! But hold on ....Andre Russell is waiting in the wings.......

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    I am a jamaican living in the USA I follow WI and Caribbean cricket to the T. I watch the T20 final;; men for men TT was the better team and play the better game.What I saw team jamaica was play a 4 day match.

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Looks like Russel get lash in the wrong place.

  • Robin on January 25, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I'm not overly surprised by this, i always thought that Jamaica was a team of talented and promising individuals and not a collective unit. T&T are the embodiment of team-unity, which has been the secret of their success over the years, as well as having talented players. I fear for the future of Caribbean-Cricket because with all these big money T20 tournaments around the world now, some of the established or promising cricketers that we do have, will get their heads turned by financial gain and not expressing their true potential with 'crash/bang/wallop' cricket, instead of learning their craft, skill, endurance, discipline and patience required in Test Matches. The five-day format simply can't compete with T20, a sad state of affairs and a true reflection on how the power of money can be a disruptive and damaging influence, on this great sport.

  • Nick on January 25, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Is making these sorts of public statements professional? I wonder whether anyone has given Andre Russell media training? If Andre Russell was professional, he would deal with these matters in house.

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    i'd give up the 50 over and first class tournaments every season just for the T20 and the champions league that comes with it.. Good Job TnT

  • VENOLD on January 25, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    There was an evidence of disunity in the Jamaican camp! One could have seen the body language of Marlon Samuels and the way he moved about on the field. Trinidad and Tobago however, played the better game and deserved the win and the right to represent the Caribbean in the T20 champions League.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    why everybody can't accept the licking they get. STOP MAKING EXCUSES I haven't heard from metman recently.

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