Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's senior cricket team skipper, Tamar Lambert, says a lack of training camps could be listed as one of the reasons for the team's poor batting display during the recently dconcluded West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Four-Day Tournament.
According to Lambert, these camps, which existed years ago when he was a young player, could have assisted batsmen, especially the youngsters, in performing better.
"We need to get back to the staging of training camps and video-taping batsmen, especially when they reach the national level," said Lambert.
"This is required as the standard of cricket (competitions) in Jamaica is not at a high level and, as such, for batsmen to improve they need more specialised training."
Jamaica, who were hoping to extend their record to six consecutive liens on the regional title, were defeated in the semi-finals by Trinidad and Tobago after a batting callapse.
The team was bowled out for 102 in their second innings, after making 246 and restricting Trinidad to 170 in their first innings.
This resulted in Trinidad needing 176 to win, which they achieved with three wickets to spare.
But the batting callapse was an all-too-familar one for Jamaica, who throughout the campaign struggled to post challenging totals, largely due to the failure of their top-order batsmen.
This included the experienced Brenton Parchment, Danza Hyatt, Simon Jackson and Lambert, as well as youngsters Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood and Andre McCarthy.
Since the semi-final loss, there have been calls for the Jamaica Cricket Association to make a proper assessment of the below-par batting.
Lambert, who has been captaining national teams from the Under-15 level upwards, reflected on the benefits gained from batting camps throughout the years.
"It is basically the same crop of players who have been representing Jamaica from Under-15 level since 1996, and we have over the years been reaping success up to the senior level," he said.
"It's the same Bernard, myself, Carlton Baugh, Donovan Pagon, Andrew Richardson, Parchment, Odean Brown, etc.
"All us have came through training camps, and when they were staged they helped us to develop into better players."