'Coaching Singapore is quite a challenge'

Written by: Aprameya .C
Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 13:19 [IST]
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'Singapore has talent'

Q: Could you tell us about your coaching role with the Singapore cricket team?

Trevor: In 2009, I was there in Singapore for two months and this time around I will be coaching them for three months. I have been there for two months now. They have got a tournament, Pepsi World Cricket League Division V from February 18 to 25. That is the qualifier to go to Division IV. Previous time it was Division VI tournament to get to Division IV. Last time, I was there a month-and-a-half before the tournament and this time I am there for two-and-half months before the tournament.

Q: How is the talent in Singapore?

Trevor: There are some very good talented players in Singapore, mostly they are the expats from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and two or three local Singapore guys. There are some very talented players that have played at various levels, underage and representative cricket for their home country. Couple of them have played first class cricket in India and one in Pakistan. They are the older guys. There are very good cricketers with good cricket brain.

Q: What sort of challenge is it, coaching Singapore?

Trevor: It is quite a challenge because the level of cricket they are playing is not high. It is obviously below first class level. They have a little bit of club cricket and it is very casual level. To lift them a bit in their approach is a challenge, particularly running between wickets and fielding is very casual in Singapore. To a large extent what I have seen of the World Cricket League, it is well below and is like club cricket than first class cricket. It is a challenge to lift their mentality above, from park cricket what we call it in Australia. It is more that sort of thinking and if they have to produce good cricket they have to increase their intensity and change their attitude how they play. They look to hit the ball too much in the air.

Q: Is it very frustrating for you to see such an approach?

Trevor: Yes, it is very frustrating, the casual sort of approach. Even the club level in Australia is not casual and it is intense and I am sure it is the same in India. The difference in attitude and intensity is noticeable. So playing these sort of games here (in Bangalore) is good. Because playing against the standard of these players to give them an idea how to lift themselves to that level and play.

Q: How long are you here in Bangalore?

Trevor: Nine days. We will be playing four or possibly five games. Fifth game is not confirmed. From here we are going back to Singapore. We have few practice games there. The main reason coming here is because of wet season in Singapore in the months of November and December. They are recovering from that and some are being prepared for the tournament. The numberof grounds are limited in Singapore. There are three or four turf grounds or may be half a dozen. They play a lot on astro turf. Even their first division is played on astro turf.


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