The value of this interaction should not be missed in the training of our juniors, whilst we all strive to produce a future county or test star the reality is that opportunities for professional cricketers are limited. So why bother? why turn out and run nets in the winter, spend evenings "herding cats" and stand on the boundary wondering why they can't do it the way they did in practice?
The answer is we enjoy it, we are mixing with a broad cross section of people and passing on experience and hopefully some skills that will not only improve those in our charge as a player but also as a person.
Cricket is one of those sports that is truly a team game, whilst an individual can majorly influence the outcome of a match it is the team working together that will produce consistent results. This team ethos requires co-operation, understanding and patience from players, coaches and parents but it is worth the wait as developing the team to perform as a unit will help shape the person to be more understanding we would hope.
What must be emphasized, and on a personal note I will be pushing this hugely in the season ahead, is that cricket provides a forum for inclusion in sport where the best bowler will still need someone to catch the ball, the best batter will need a partner at the other end and the team couldn't play at all without umpires, scorers and ground staff.
Inclusion is all about getting involved, I'd like to here some thoughts on how you achieve this or how you feel it could be developed to bridge social, cultural and physical barriers.