Caribbean T20 2011-12 January 24, 2012

No unity in Jamaica team, say players

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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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  • 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.

  • 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

  • riverlime 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.......

  • 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.

  • on January 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Looks like Russel get lash in the wrong place.

  • Silva-Surfa 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.

  • Busie1979 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.

  • 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

  • vogarro 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • riverlime 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.......

  • 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.

  • on January 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Looks like Russel get lash in the wrong place.

  • Silva-Surfa 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.

  • Busie1979 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.

  • 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

  • vogarro 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.

  • 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.

  • Gizza on January 24, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    For the last 15 years we hear that the West Indies team is not united because they are in reality from a number of different countries and this doesn't affect any other team in international cricket. But now we hear there is disunity in just one island/country! Then again Jamaica still made the final which is a good job. Looking at the whole world there used to be unpredictability in T20 competitions but now the same teams are qualifying for the Champions League. T&T in the Caribbean, Chennai from IPL, Cape from South Africa. Australia is different only because of the revamped Big Bash.

  • rama_krish on January 24, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Congrats to T&T. Hopefully this year we will be able to field a "full-strength" team in the CT T20.

  • on January 24, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    For the aussies we need Chris Gayle as a player he has the experience. I would like to thinnk that Kieron Pollard will make a great Captain he seems to be a very positive person on and off the field and will get the respect from the players Sammy is not too sure of himself in one of the matches he shy away from batting earlier and came on to bowl a little too late he needs to be more positive congrats to T&T and especially DW Bravo and Pollard and the bowlers, hard luck Barbados you did not utalise the pitches which favored your bowlers also Smith has to bat more sensible, each match is different and he should not try to blast the bowling until he see what the bowlers are doing.and please Mr selector select the best team regardles of which Island they are from, We cannot keep expermenting during a series

  • LordOfCric on January 24, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    @hirt24 Do you really think W.I have chance against Aussies...... Thats very obvious Aussies are favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    One of the main culprits is Marlon Samuels. Did anyone else notice that he laughed after dropping Pollard when he was just on 2. Santokie obviously didn't find the humor in it. Pollard then went went on to blitz 40-odd runs in no time and took the game completely out of Jamaica's reach.

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    In the name of West Indian sports why oh why cant we as a collective show the world the true West Indies.....I beleive we can beat the Australians if we show the beleif that is needed...We need to be able to put the ball in the right areas, show application and feild in the proffesasional manner that champions are made.....We also need the backing of the West Indies public....

  • Regulator on January 24, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    There evidently is something going on with this side. First congrats to the T&T side. They were evidently a superior side to Jamaica no doubt. My opinion is that Jamaica is still finding their way in the art of T20 cricket. It did not struck me that they were playing to any game plan. Again the drop catches did not help. The only area of the game we have mastered is the starters in the bowling department. After that it is any body's guess. We have no starters and no finishers on the batting side and we have no finishers on the bowling side.

    The selectors did a woeful job of selection as well. They should never have left out Xavier after his performance in the the lead up to the tournament. The team was so short handed that we played only 4 specialist batsmen in the semis and final. I think the boys have learnt from the process and will get better. Better job next time selectors. all the best to T&T in the CL T20

  • ArmChairUmpire on January 24, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    It is time for the team selectors to sit down and assess if this was the best team for the T20 format game. The T & T batsmen nearly made a mess of it in the semi-final against Barbados but came back and produced a disciplined performance in the final. Jamaica were totally clueless. The selectors need to replace some of the players. Either that or, some of the selectors need to be replaced. And yes, I hope we all see the benefit of egoes involved in the exclusion of Chris Gayle.

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    David Bernard asking corporate Jamaica to get on board after such a pathetic performance. All you're asking from corporate Jamaica could have been had if y'all had shown some more guts and fight to win the T20.

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Interesting Shawn Findlay would make that claim. Had he caught Bravo as he should have who knows what the outcome would have been?

  • jupiterlaw on January 24, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Have you ever heard more vague nonsense in your life? they were soundly beaten by T&T so they are ashamed and are making excuses. While they were beating other teams, togetherness was never an issue, but once they met their match, they are crying lack of togetherness. Last year, presumably, they were together and they still lost. Listen to this "some are doing one thing, some are doing another" what exactly does that mean? English is your first lanuage Findlay, explain yourself

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    One will notice that at no time did they mention that they have been beaten by a superior team. They seem to forget the fact that Jamaica has never defeated Trinidad and Tobago in the shortest version of the game. Sore?

  • Hrit24 on January 24, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Do any West Indian team nowadays have unity? I think Australia will be the favorites during the Frank Worrell Trophy, 2012. They are once again establishing their winning ways in this series against India.

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  • Hrit24 on January 24, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Do any West Indian team nowadays have unity? I think Australia will be the favorites during the Frank Worrell Trophy, 2012. They are once again establishing their winning ways in this series against India.

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    One will notice that at no time did they mention that they have been beaten by a superior team. They seem to forget the fact that Jamaica has never defeated Trinidad and Tobago in the shortest version of the game. Sore?

  • jupiterlaw on January 24, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Have you ever heard more vague nonsense in your life? they were soundly beaten by T&T so they are ashamed and are making excuses. While they were beating other teams, togetherness was never an issue, but once they met their match, they are crying lack of togetherness. Last year, presumably, they were together and they still lost. Listen to this "some are doing one thing, some are doing another" what exactly does that mean? English is your first lanuage Findlay, explain yourself

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Interesting Shawn Findlay would make that claim. Had he caught Bravo as he should have who knows what the outcome would have been?

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    David Bernard asking corporate Jamaica to get on board after such a pathetic performance. All you're asking from corporate Jamaica could have been had if y'all had shown some more guts and fight to win the T20.

  • ArmChairUmpire on January 24, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    It is time for the team selectors to sit down and assess if this was the best team for the T20 format game. The T & T batsmen nearly made a mess of it in the semi-final against Barbados but came back and produced a disciplined performance in the final. Jamaica were totally clueless. The selectors need to replace some of the players. Either that or, some of the selectors need to be replaced. And yes, I hope we all see the benefit of egoes involved in the exclusion of Chris Gayle.

  • Regulator on January 24, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    There evidently is something going on with this side. First congrats to the T&T side. They were evidently a superior side to Jamaica no doubt. My opinion is that Jamaica is still finding their way in the art of T20 cricket. It did not struck me that they were playing to any game plan. Again the drop catches did not help. The only area of the game we have mastered is the starters in the bowling department. After that it is any body's guess. We have no starters and no finishers on the batting side and we have no finishers on the bowling side.

    The selectors did a woeful job of selection as well. They should never have left out Xavier after his performance in the the lead up to the tournament. The team was so short handed that we played only 4 specialist batsmen in the semis and final. I think the boys have learnt from the process and will get better. Better job next time selectors. all the best to T&T in the CL T20

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    In the name of West Indian sports why oh why cant we as a collective show the world the true West Indies.....I beleive we can beat the Australians if we show the beleif that is needed...We need to be able to put the ball in the right areas, show application and feild in the proffesasional manner that champions are made.....We also need the backing of the West Indies public....

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    One of the main culprits is Marlon Samuels. Did anyone else notice that he laughed after dropping Pollard when he was just on 2. Santokie obviously didn't find the humor in it. Pollard then went went on to blitz 40-odd runs in no time and took the game completely out of Jamaica's reach.

  • LordOfCric on January 24, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    @hirt24 Do you really think W.I have chance against Aussies...... Thats very obvious Aussies are favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!