A whole new way

It’s time to return focus to cricket rather than administrators.

Last week I sat through the most fascinating interview in 20 plus years of journalism. Genetic profiling was the main stay of Russian and Eastern European sporting domination of the 1980’s and, not with standing the gratuitous use of performance enhancing drugs, it was the major reason for their sporting dominance.

Genetic profiling leaves little to doubt. Breeding, education, and social training all play massive roles in the development of individuals, but the genetic outline of the brain determines the foundation for the sort of person everybody will become.

The cerebellum determines how well we move and, to simplify in the grossest terms, the right side of the brain is the ‘creative’ and the left side of the brain is the ‘order’.

Eye dominance also plays a significant role as does ear dominance. The combination of all our genetic programmes help determine whether we are pre-determined to excel in straight line sports, complex sports or none at all.

Our genetic ‘map’ determines our likelihood to respond favourably or negatively to crowd support at a sporting event. It has been all too easy to label sportsmen with ‘big match temperament kudos and rubbish those without. It now seems perfectly clear that BMT is a quality you are born with rather than learn.

Should cricket decide to learn from Dr. Annette Lotter, who has offered her services to the South African Cricketers Association, then our thinking could change forever.

A six foot five all rounder who bats at number seven and arrives at the crease for the final five overs when the match is to be won or lost, may be the least well suited to the job of finishing the contest. His genetic temperament may well determine a more suitable role at the top of the order where the ability to concentrate for long periods, in a less pressurised environment, would suit him best.

When the final ball of a game is about to be bowled, there will be fielders praying that a potential catch does not come to them. But there will be others praying that the defining moment is in their hands. The difference between the two is in their genes.

Imagine if we knew the genetic profile of all our professional cricketers. No more ‘chokers’ in the wrong place at the wrong time. No more stereotyping of batsmen, bowlers or all rounders. A complete and revolutionary new look at the composition of our cricket teams.

Now that’s exciting.

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