Owusu-Ansah Asare:Youth development key for senior team progress

Author: George Ernest Asare
The Ghana male cricket team after their arrival from Uganda

   Players who aspire to feature prominently in the senior divisions of the  Ghana Cricket national teams  will have to progress steadily from the age groups- the president of the  Ghana Cricket Association (GCA), Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah Asare, has stated.

According to Mr Asare, the steady progression of such players from the youth teams to the senior team  would not only offer them the requisite  skills and experience to play against tougher opponents at different sports facilities but  would also toughen their mentalities  and psyche them  to adapt easily to various conditions during international tournaments.

Interacting with players and officials of the  national senior men’s cricket  team  after their ill-fated  International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup tournament in Kampala in Uganda, Mr  Asare  said the players were blessed with the requisite skills  to face any opposition but failed to progress due to some negative attitudes they harboured.

During the tournament, the team  placed bottom of their group and therefore failed to advance to the next stage of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup

 Namibia and Kenya (with eight points apiece) qualified for the final qualification stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be staged in the United Arab Emirates in November, where they stand to book tickets to the 2020 Cricket World Cup in Australia.

Other countries which participated in the tournament were Nigeria and the host country ,Uganda.

 Mr Asare advised the players to strive to improve upon their performance at future competitions instead of trying to justify reasons why they have failed to impress.

He said the association was keen on improving the facility but until  an improved one was made available, players should have the mental fortitude by using what they had to achieve greatness.

Earlier, the players said intensive training at home prior to their departure, fatigue, poor facility at home and the nature of the pitch in Uganda were some of the challenges that undermined their ability to soar high in the tournament.