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Much ado about rankings.
« on: September 16, 2013, 04:58:48 AM »
Much ado about rankings.
By Fazeer Mohammed (Express).


How do you make sense of rankings?

Easy. You donít. Just take the numbers with a generous pinch of salt, allow them to marinate in a broader contextual appreciation before you savour the flavour, and wash it all down with a mixture of realism and optimism that facilitates proper digestion of the data.

Since Stephen Hart replaced Jamaal Shabazz and Hutson Charles as head of coach of the senior menís national football team, the squad has made definite improvements. In reaching the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States in July, in rallying from three goals down before losing on penalties to the United Arab Emirates and then defeating hosts Saudi Arabia 3-1 at the OSN Cup in Riyadh last week, the team displayed a sense of purpose, drive and determination not seen for some time.

Yes, thereís still a long way to go. Any fool knows that. But even if the manner in which the locally-based coaches were swept aside to accommodate the Trini-born Canadian is typical of a colonial mentality that values foreign over indigenous as a matter of course, we should be mature enough to acknowledge the obvious, as former national players Clayton Morris and Brian Williams did in these pages when their opinions were sought in the immediate aftermath of the campaign in the Saudi capital.

At the moment, Trinidad and Tobago are 85th in the FIFA rankings, sandwiched between Caribbean Cup holders Cuba and Northern Ireland. You might think thatís not too bad given the depths to which the team plummeted over the past couple of years especially, failing to reach the Gold Cup on two occasions and losing to Bermuda and Guyana on the way to being eliminated in the second round of qualification for next yearís World Cup finals in Brazil.

In fact, if weíre at 85 now, then we had to be close to or beyond 100 earlier in the year. Well, you would be wrong in thinking that way because, believe it or not, our ranking stood at 69 Ė a whole 16 places better Ė in March. It doesnít seem to add up, does it? Which is why a ranking is really only a snapshot, and often not a particularly good one either, so it is really incumbent on the coach to put it all in a clearer focus by determining whether or not the team is improving and if that improvement is happening at a satisfactory pace.

On the other side of the rankings conundrum is the West Indies menís cricket team, who havenít so much moved up to number five in the Test standings but are the beneficiaries of teams just ahead of them slipping up, while the Caribbean side have remained idle since the end of the two-Test series against Zimbabwe at home last March.

How ironic is it then that Zimbabwe, who were thrashed inside three days in both matches in Barbados and Dominica, have gifted the West Indies the fifth spot behind South Africa, England, India and Australia after pulling off a shock 24-run win over Pakistan in Harare on Saturday to square the two-match series at 1-1. With that loss, the Pakistanis dropped to 97 points, two below the West Indies, who have won six Test matches in a row but now face the first real assessment of their credentials against more formidable opposition than they have encountered for some time.

That they are now set to travel to India for two Tests in November before going to New Zealand for three more scheduled five-day matches at the end of the year has everything to do with the richest, most powerful and most influential administration in the game once again making a mockery of the sport and finding a willing participant in the West Indies Cricket Board for a stage-managed historic landmark, and possible farewell, for Sachin Tendulkar.

Indiaís beloved cricketing icon of the past 24 years is just two matches away from being the first to play 200 Tests, a staggering tally when you contemplate that someone like Sir Garfield Sobers played for 20 years for the West Indies yet still fell short of completing a century of Tests (he played 93 from 1954 to 1974). In what appears to have been timed to give Tendulkar the chance to play the historic 200th Test in his home city of Mumbai, never mind the disruption to the scheduled Indian tour of South Africa, Darren Sammyís side will finally be coming up against a team ranked above them for the first time since they were beaten 2-0 in the three-Test series in England last year.

Notwithstanding that winning streak of six matches, the West Indies will obviously be underdogs for that series, although it will be a much better measurement of where the regional side is at Test level. From a selfish ranking-preservation point of view though, it probably would be best to not have accepted the Indian invitation at all, for it is obvious that inactivity, while the teams immediately above them are losing, helps the West Indies cause.

Fourth-ranked Australia are only two points ahead of the Caribbean side, and with Michael Clarkeís team again expected to lose comfortably in the return Ashes series at home to England at the end of the year, West Indies could have been up to number four by the start of 2014!

Benefiting by doing nothing. Now thatís a ranking system that only a nonsensical game like cricket can come up with.

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Re: Much ado about rankings.
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2013, 11:08:48 AM »
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But even if the manner in which the locally-based coaches were swept aside to accommodate the Trini-born Canadian is typical of a colonial mentality that values foreign over indigenous as a matter of course, we should be mature enough to acknowledge the obvious, as former national players Clayton Morris and Brian Williams did in these pages when their opinions were sought in the immediate aftermath of the campaign in the Saudi capital.

What shit Fazeer talking... he's ah kinda ass or what? 

(1) How could Steve Hart be considered "foreign"?
(2) Could it be that his resume was the reason why he was appointed and not his supposed "foreign" status?

The results speak for themselves.  Whatever the criteria employed in appointing him as national coach it clearly has been validated and vindicated.  We should be "mature enough to acknowledge the obvious," but we need to be intelligent enough to do the same, especially when it's sitting right before our very noses.  Inferiority complexes notwithstanding.

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Re: Much ado about rankings.
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2013, 11:46:57 AM »
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But even if the manner in which the locally-based coaches were swept aside to accommodate the Trini-born Canadian is typical of a colonial mentality that values foreign over indigenous as a matter of course, we should be mature enough to acknowledge the obvious, as former national players Clayton Morris and Brian Williams did in these pages when their opinions were sought in the immediate aftermath of the campaign in the Saudi capital.

What shit Fazeer talking... he's ah kinda ass or what? 

(1) How could Steve Hart be considered "foreign"?
(2) Could it be that his resume was the reason why he was appointed and not his supposed "foreign" status?

The results speak for themselves.  Whatever the criteria employed in appointing him as national coach it clearly has been validated and vindicated.  We should be "mature enough to acknowledge the obvious," but we need to be intelligent enough to do the same, especially when it's sitting right before our very noses.  Inferiority complexes notwithstanding.
OK moderator, just take a step back and reread without emotion....
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Re: Much ado about rankings.
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2013, 01:25:39 PM »
OK moderator, just take a step back and reread without emotion....

You have some special button on yuh computer that allows you to see "emotion"?  If yuh feel Fazeer justified in his response or that I have misread his comments then feel free to point it out.  If not then save whatever irrelevant comment yuh have fuh yuhself.

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Re: Much ado about rankings.
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2013, 01:51:49 PM »
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But even if the manner in which the locally-based coaches were swept aside to accommodate the Trini-born Canadian is typical of a colonial mentality that values foreign over indigenous as a matter of course, we should be mature enough to acknowledge the obvious, as former national players Clayton Morris and Brian Williams did in these pages when their opinions were sought in the immediate aftermath of the campaign in the Saudi capital.

What shit Fazeer talking... he's ah kinda ass or what? 

(1) How could Steve Hart be considered "foreign"?
(2) Could it be that his resume was the reason why he was appointed and not his supposed "foreign" status?

The results speak for themselves.  Whatever the criteria employed in appointing him as national coach it clearly has been validated and vindicated.  We should be "mature enough to acknowledge the obvious," but we need to be intelligent enough to do the same, especially when it's sitting right before our very noses.  Inferiority complexes notwithstanding.

yeah, love fazeer and all, but he talk some tata right there. while we do have a record of accommodating foreign' coaches more than local ones, hart eh no foreign coach. far as I know Canada and t&t have dual citizenship agreements and hart is still a trinibagonian.

calling the man a trini-born Canadian is a cheap slur by a man smart enough to know better.

its good we are getting back on track and all, but maybe tim kee has to make it a priority to pay outstanding $$$ players, coaches and staff to restore overall goodwill and faith in the football community.
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Re: Much ado about rankings.
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 02:18:15 AM »
Fazeer Mohammed talking shit as usual, like all them other locals.

No local coaches ever reach de quarter finals in de Gold Cup.... EXCEPT... Bertille St Clair who did it in 2000 but he had the team for 2 years.

SH did it in 2013 and did not even play a friendly game before de tournament, SH had the team for 2 weeks, this is a big accomplishment in my books.

What SH getting more that de locals in 2 weeks. Didn't Jamaal and Charles had the SAME players SH had?

This is why foreign based coaches will always get more respect, because they know what they doing, at least most of them.

Local coaches not organised and they know it all. They also sleep with certain players at any cost.

Fazeer should have said foreign based coaches but SH is Trini 100%..... if he commits a crime in Canada, they will deport him to his home country, Trinidad.

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