In response to Mandy Wiener: Basic sporting values thrown out the window

2019-06-26 13:27
Former Boland and SA Barbarian player Beau Schoeman (Supplied)

Former Boland and SA Barbarian player Beau Schoeman (Supplied)

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Dear Mandy

I couldn't agree with you more regarding your article about the attitude of our Protea cricket team. A great article and a wake-up call to our cricket administrators, coaching staff and players: Back to the basics of doing the small things right.

I believe we have lost the pride of representing not only a team, but also worthiness and passion for your country. The mannerism or rather, the body language of our players says it all. I also recognised Quinton de Kock sitting bare-foot and 'lounging' as if sitting on his leather sofa at home in front of his TV. I also noticed that after the game the players didn't remove their caps when shaking hands with the opposition. 

And yes, when your captain responds by saying that there is life after the World Cup, it explains his attitude and approach to this major event. Not a very good example of a leader of the team and it does influence the rest of the players. Some players think that scoring adequate runs or taking a few wickets is enough to inspire the rest of the team. Sorry, but an influential leader has to have the 'whole package', on and off the field.

At this point in time, some players must stop being prima donnas, humble themselves, focus on the task at hand and 'burst' with pride when they put that cricket shirt on. There is no place for selfishness, bad attitudes and complacency.

I've played some international rugby myself in the 1980s and it is so sad that the approach leading up to games and during games, has evolved in such a way that the 'basic values' have been thrown out of the window. Cricket, like rugby is a team game, and unfortunately our players are very individualistic and have an 'I can do or say what I think is right' attitude.

I conclusion, I am a very staunch believer that any individual who is selected to represent his province or country, must thrive to improve themselves as a leader. You have never arrived. True leaders always try to improve as a leader.

Thank you for reading my comments.

Kind sporting regards

Beau Schoeman

PS. Keep on encouraging your son in a positive manner. Who knows, maybe he will become a leader of his team and make that difference.

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