The Sports Psychology Blog
This Sports Psychology blog comes as Lancashire captain Stuart Law, declares himself 'astonished' with the decision by the county, to release Dominic Cork.
Cricket: Stuart Law - Astonished!
Lancashire have taken the decision to release all-rounder Dominic Cork at the end of the season. As Cork nears the end of an excellent career, it is entirely reasonable, that Lancashire should look to give opportunity to younger players.
But what is surprising, is that captain Stuart Law doesn't appear to have been consulted about the decision. And even more surprising, that he should speak out, so honestly, in public about it.
With Lancashire still holding out fading hope, that they can clinch their first Championship pennant for many years, it's not what is needed, to focus players minds on the task in hand.
But somehow it seems symptomatic of Lancashire cricket in recent times. They are the great underachievers of the county game. Loaded with good players, yet consistently failing to land the trophies.
As each season passes without a major honour, the pressure to win honours increases. But Stuart Law's public admission of astonishment, suggests a critical lack of harmony at Old Trafford. Harmony, at all levels of the cricket club, that is essential to success on the field. Harmony between cricket committee, management, players, staff and members. All working together towards the one goal. Harmony off the field, equals harmony on it.
Until that harmony is made real, then that elusive championship pennant, will remain out of Lancashire's desperate grasp.
Posted by Martin Perry: Confidence Coach & Sports Psychology - 15th August 2008