WCC captain, Tom Mampilly, shares a pre-season message.
"Firstly, thank you for giving the opportunity and the trust in me to lead our team for the 2016 season. Also, congratulations to my fellow committee members for getting re-elected and newly
I would like to welcome all of you to the new season, especially the new members, you are in for good fun! Our first training session is on the 13th of April and can’t wait to start the season!
Following are my priorities for this season (in no particular order) and not very different from last season:
1. Passion for the club and the game
I personally believe passion drives achievement. Only if you have passion for the club, the game and believe in the team, we will succeed as a team. Therefore, I want every team member to put:
- The Club first;
- Team second and;
- You, as the third priority every time we play(All formats)
2. Social life in WCC
I would like to urge every WCC member to appreciate the efforts of our social secretary by participating in the social events too. We members form the club and we have the responsibility to ensure the social side of the club is as active as the cricket side. We had lot of fun matches and events last season during summer with some barbecue and cold beverages (alcoholic/non-alcoholic).
3.Cricket in WCC
We have 2 formats this season (a doodle link will be sent for availability checks, at least a week before the match)
Please find the fixtures for the season on the club website.
The key to win any match is to play as a team, you can only play as a team if you get to know your team mates and build that rapport, therefore Wednesday practice and social events are crucial. All of us work and have different time schedules and yet, most of us make it for the Wednesday session, it would be disrespectful to our team mates who show up by aligning their work schedules for practice and make a difference for the team. After all, we are all professionals and we value time, so lets make the Wednesday practice session a success.
4. Communication on and off the field
Cricket is a fun game and that's how we will play it, come with an open mind and some level of a sense of humour :-D, save your stress for work ;-) :-D Winning is important, but winning is NOT the only important task. Be a good team player, encourage your team member, everyone makes at least one mistake, so tease the daylights out of him, but be fair and don't get carried away! Have a laugh! it helps to concentrate.(I’m always the clown of the team).
Please refrain from any discussion on or off the field that may bring the morale of the team and your individual performance down. As a Captain and your team mate, use me to address any concerns
or issues, I’m sure we will always find a solution (not everyone likes all the jokes or the tactics or team selection).
5. Expectations from playing XI
We are all cricketers, almost all of you might have a significant level of experience and there will be no shortage of ideas, strategy and tactics from your experience. Twenty minutes before every game, we will have a team huddle, where I will communicate the plans for the game (batting order, bowlers, tactics etc.)
During a game, I will not be able to communicate all my plans and thoughts to all in the field, and it’s inevitable that the game changes every over and all of you will have brilliant ideas to accelerate or recover. I promise, I will give all of you fair chance to communicate your ideas to me.
Lastly, I want to make a commitment to all of you that, i will perform the duties of a Club Captain with utmost responsibility. Many of you know me personally, I am an easy going and fun person, I promise you that we will have fun during the game and during the social events, so I request you all to come with an open mind and your best sense of humour ;-) and just enjoy the company of your team mates and other WCC members.
Looking forward to an exciting and fun filled season!