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Below is the integral copy
of the message sent by Glenn Carter to Tony Munro of CRICINFO
Dear Tony, I have been forwarded your Mail address by Hirokazu
Takahashi who felt that I might be in the best position to answer some
of your questions regarding the japanese teams' preperation for next months
First of all my own details. have lived in Japan for 11
years now, married my Japanese wife 6 years ago and have a 4 1/2 year old
daughterwho bowls left arm orhtodox spin.
Along with Mr. Raja Sajjad Akthar, founded the Fuji C.C.
about 8 years ago and put in one of only two concrete based wickets in
the country. The pitch is covered with a synthetic pitch imported in from
Oz and has been the scene of many a good game over the years.
The Fuji Club has always been keen to include japanese
players in its line-up and at least five of the current Japanese squad
made their debut in the expats competition playing with the Fuji team.
Several months ago the JCA approached me and asked if
I would act as an advisor to the selectors at a couple of selection camps,
one of which was held in Fuji. Not long after this I was asked if I would
take on the position of national Coach which in normal sporting situations
would be a chance not to be missed. The reality of it is that in japan
there are very few sponsors for cricket and certaily not enough money to
afford a full time coach which means any work I do for the national team
is at my own cost and in my own time. This includes paying my own way to
the UAE. After weighing up the pros and cons including how much I could
actually contribute to the UAE campaign, I decided to yet again risk divorce
and agree to assist the team.
My first thought was to go back over the previous ACC
trophy games and find out what happened but after comparing the current
squad with the previous one I decided it would be better to focus on the
future rather than dwell on what happend in the past.
In the past Japan has gone to the ACC trophy with an
image of being nice boys turning up to learn about the game. One thing
that will be noticeable about this year's squad is a change of attitude.
The players now go out onto the field not just to be
competitive but to genuinely expect to win every game. In the past people
were too ready to make excuses for the team based on their lack of experience
etc. This year, excuses will not be acceptable as each player will have
a job to do and
knows that if he doesn't do the job it will be given
to someone else. The other important fact that is being driven into the
players heads is that if they can win games regularly against good opposition
then they have a better chance of hitting the japanese media and picking
up sponsors in the future.
In regards to the actual games, it is unlikely that our
batting will overpower teams with big hitting but rather we are looking
to get reasonable contributions from all players with extra responsibility
placed on a few of the more senior players to get innings building 50's.
The Japanese playes have always prided themselves on
their fitness and being a good fielding and catching team which will be
essential in the heat of the UAE.
The bowling attack will have more variation this time
around and the skipper will have a number of different plans for the use
of his bowling attack.
Overall I think you can expect to see a Japanese team
playing a much more aggressive type of cricket with more self belief and
determination than before. They will not be bowing meekly to ANYONE!
Tony I hope this helps. Edit it as you see fit (preferably
without misquoting me) and perhaps give me a call before you put it on
the net to confirm anything that is not clear?
Kindest regards, Glenn Carter
Ph. 81 + 545 61 4152
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