Passion and pride – old hat?
I heard Dr. Naseem Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, talking on FM the other day about the brilliant new strategy that PCB is adopting to ensure that the national team performs better and works as a close-knit unit. He said that contracts of players would now be performance-based and would not be based on seniority. Fair enough. How would performance be judged and what were the incentives that the Board would use to motivate the players?
He proudly announced that any player making a century would get Rs. 300,000 instead of the Rs. 100,000 that had been the norm so far… and if a player was instrumental in running out someone from an opposing team (as opposed to running out his own teammates) he would be given Rs. 100,000. Money – the prime motivator. Granted money is necessary but is it what we should be using as a motivation tool? Is it what creates passion for the game? Is it what really drives a player to put in his best? Whatever happened to playing for the love of the game, enjoying it, playing for your country and your fans, giving a 100% because you take pride in what you do? What about emphasizing on ethics and the rules of the game and teaching the youngsters that overall fitness, teamwork and consistency are essential ingredients for an athlete? Or am I being naive? Is that all old hat Dr. Ashraf?
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