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News day / Some people cannot see beyond a certain view or distance and their myopic view causes major problems in their perception, thinking, and decision-making. This is most dangerous during periods of conflict.

A person with a limited view might look at a triangle and describe it as a line. Another person with a wider view might describe it as an angle. And a third person with a full view might describe it as a triangle. When these people compare observations they often cannot believe that they are talking about the same thing.

Many conflicts arise and persist because opponents can only see the line or the angle, not the triangle.

In the 2011 Cricket World Cup, the West Indies team played poorly and the disappointed coach publicly and repeatedly castigated the senior players for the team’s failure. The senior players then responded publicly with their own criticism of the coach and the conflict intensified.

The coach demanded an apology from Chris Gayle for his caustic comments and when Gayle, the most feared batsman in the world, refused to do so, he was dropped from the team.

The effect on team members was demoralising and was reflected in the way the players performed.

Destructive criticism is cruel and personal and usually results in resentment and poor teamwork.

Psychologist RA Barron claims that the best way to prevent or repair this damage is with an apology especially when the apology contains a credible explanation and an assurance that the accuser did not mean to be cruel, personal or insulting. If he does not do this the accused might retaliate by venting his feelings to a third party — the press or teammates — thereby intensifying anger and hostility.

MS Dhoni, former India captain, once told me that the main difference between great players and the others, or great sporting bodies and the others is the interval between mistakes. He claims that great players/sporting bodies make mistakes, learn from them and hardly ever repeat them. The lesser players/sporting bodies make mistakes, learn little from them, and keep repeating them at regular intervals.

The West Indies Cricket Board (now Cricket West Indies) belonged to the latter category because it kept repeating the same mistakes with its key players; the latest being the bitter conflict between the board and Darren Bravo, its best batsman, during the last nine months.

I am pleased to see that some attitudinal reform is taking place.

I am also happy to see that Cricket West Indies is beginning to take a broader and less myopic view of West Indies cricket, and that it is hopefully becoming more aware of the importance of cricket to the people of the Caribbean. I commend president Cameron for following the suggestions of psychologist Barron.

I also commend Darren Bravo for his apology to the president of Cricket West Indies.

Let’s pray that attitudinal reform will continue and that it will be a new step in reversing the fortunes of the senior West Indies team. And let’s hope that Cricket West Indies will build a harmonious, enabling and learning environment in which players can learn, grow and perform to the best of their ability.

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