Eric Simons Gets It, Why Don’t The ECB?

With David Collier’s senseless outburst yesterday, Yates has spent much of the day wondering what Collier thought he would be able to achieve.  An answer is as far away now as it ever was.  So it was a delight to read that what the Feckless Five at the ECB don’t get, someone else does.

Eric Simons, former South Africa national coach now at the Delhi Daredevils, bought a whiff of fresh air to proceedings with this simple proclamation of good old fashioned common sense:

KP’s strength is the way he is… He was a crucial part of our team at the IPL. What you don’t see is what he contributes off the field to the side. You need to understand your players and be able to manage the various cultures and personalities.

See the last line of that paragraph?

You need to understand your players and be able to manage the various cultures and personalities

Basic management and surely not beyond the ken of any competent coach and administrator, but it seems to be beyond the Feckless Five.  Simons continues:

“I don’t think you need to keep KP in check. As long as all your players are focused on one objective, and that’s what we were able to achieve in this team during then IPL, then people are allowed to be who they are. I think KP is misread many times in situations.”

Big point here: “As long as all your players are focused on one objective”.  That’s all your players, every last one.  Including Sally Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson.

What is it that Simons has that each of the Feckless Five doesn’t?  Simons isn’t the only one – Surrey’s Team Director Chris Adams has had only praise for KP since he returned to them after the passing of Tom Maynard.  And seeing KP in the field in those T20 games at The Kia Oval, he was a hugely positive presence.

It would be nice if the Feckless Five would shut the hell up and let everyone concentrate on their cricket.  Darren Sammy (and congratulations to the West Indies on their World T20 win) could give a few classes to the Feckless Five about real team unity.  Eric Simons could give a few classes to the Feckless Five about man management.

They clearly get it.  Five guys at the ECB clearly don’t.