Cricket

Doc wanted!

...Hyatt injury highlights need, but JCA says it can't afford one

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, February 07, 2014    

Print this page Email A Friend!


THERE are mixed views from within the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) regarding the need for the presence of a team doctor at

national squad matches or training sessions.

After batsman Danza Hyatt's nose was broken in a practice game recently, Courtney Francis, the new chief executive officer of the cash-strapped JCA, said the move is not high on the list of priorities.

"It's not financially viable. It's just untenable. You can't have a doctor here on site for all the matches because you just can't afford it and it's not a priority for us," Francis told the Jamaica Observer.

But JCA board director Daren Powell, who played 37 Tests and 55 One-Day matches for the West Indies between 2002 and 2009, declared that always having a doctor on site "could be the first thing on the table" when the Association is in a better

financial position.

While admitting that not having a physician for non-competitive circumstances in his playing days was the norm, Powell suggested the dynamics of the sporting landscape has changed globally.

"In my days you wouldn't have a doctor either. Only match days for regional games you'd have doctors but for trial matches it wouldn't be the case.

"But we would love for that to happen when funding is better at the Association because it's a professional thing now. This is more of a career opportunity than just a sporting event. If the JCA could afford it, that could be the first thing on the table.

"We are still behind the eighth ball when it comes to doctor and physiotherapist at training sessions and practice matches," the retired West Indies fast bowler lamented.

Hyatt, who was a reserve member of the Jamaica set-up after failing to make the final 14-man squad for the ongoing NAGICO Super50 tournament in Trinidad & Tobago, was hit by a short delivery from seamer Andre Russell during a practice game at Sabina Park on January 25.

The 30-year-old batsman missed an attempted pull shot and the ball squeezed between the peak of his helmet and the protective grill to cannon into the bridge of his nose, causing instant bleeding.

Panicked players beckoned for assistance, but there was no medical doctor at the ground.

Hyatt, who has played One-day and Twenty20 International cricket for the West Indies was subsequently taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies by

a teammate.

Francis, who headed the cricket operations arm of the JCA for several years before being appointed CEO recently, said the best the Association can do is to have West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief medical officer Dr Akshai Mansingh "on call".

"We have Dr Mansingh on call, but if a doctor was here the other day (when Hyatt was hit) there is not much else he could have done. He would have had to be taken to the University the same way," Francis countered.

"I don't think having a doctor on site is something the JCA will have any time soon. It is done for regional matches and it is done for international matches. Outside of that, it is a costly challenge," the JCA CEO added.

Meanwhile, Hyatt, who said he felt "most of the force towards the eyes" when he was just hit, was set to undergo surgery yesterday at the University of the West Indies after being admitted from late Tuesday evening.

He explained that no corrective action had been taken previously due to the extensive swelling in and around the affected area.

ADVERTISEMENT

POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

 

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

Do you think the current Enquiry will bring any benefit to residents of Tivoli Gardens?
Yes
No


View Results »


ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT