2007 Cricket World Cup will, unfortunately, be remembered
for all the wrong reasons. The administrators didn’t get the format
right (with two knock-out stages and the points system overcomplicating
things), the tournament lasted too long and finally the umpire’s
got the rules wrong.
However, way beyond all of this, the 2007 World Cup will be remembered
for the untimely demise of the ex-England batsman and Pakistan Coach,
Bob Woolmer was quick to develop the potential of BOLA machines and kept
one for his personal use. His 2003 ICC Performance Development Initiative
included distributing a dozen BOLA machines amongst the affiliated countries.
Also, whilst he was head coach at Warwickshire he purchased five machines
and was the first to instigate the BOLA session that lasting several hours
in different nets against different styles of bowling. He will be remembered
as the first of the contemporary ‘analytical’ cricket coaches.
Even the excellence of Australia (and in particular the spectacular hitting
of Adam Gilchrist - who is another keen BOLA user) could
not reprieve the competition but it will have raised vital funds for the
West Indian Cricket Board. BOLA delivered seven machines to refurbished
West Indian stadia before the competition: two to Sabina Park, Jamaica;
two to Queen’s Park, Grenada and three to Kensington Oval, Barbados
they will continue to train West Indian Cricketers of the present and
'Your heads all over the place!'
- This cartoon appeared in Punch way back in 1998.