General News | 19th January 2009
Noon Hopeful Of Trinidad Tie-Up
Notts Assistant Coach Wayne Noon has renewed his acquaintance with the club’s former batsman Deryck Murray on a fact finding tour of Trinidad.
Anticipating a low key visit to scout locations for a pre-season tour in 2010 and to iron out details of a player and idea sharing partnership between Notts and the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, Noon has already taken an active role in coaching the national side against Jamaica, fielded questions on his coaching and playing credentials at an eventful press conference and appeared as the sole guest on an hour long live TV show.
“When I arrived, a lot of people were very excited but until I had a chance to sit down with Deryck, I wasn’t sure what was expected of me from their perspective,” said Noon, who will spend two weeks on the island.
“I had planned to observe the Trinidad team’s training but I’ve been asked to take an active role in the sessions so my objectives have changed but I’m determined to make the most of my time here.
“If we decide it would be beneficial, then we’ll send a player to Trinidad for six months and we’ll look to host a player at Notts.”
Noon has observed striking differences between the respective setups and says that both parties can benefit from the propsed partnership.
“I was surprised by the amount and the intensity of training that takes place the day before a game,” said Noon.
“The heat is intense so I will make the suggestion that the bowlers would benefit from spending time in the pool rather than exerting themselves in the nets.
“Hopefully I can suggest things which can help them to improve because there are some very talented cricketers in the team and coming through the ranks.”
Deryck Murray, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Association, has retained close links with Notts since enjoying a successful playing career at Trent Bridge between 1966 and 1969.
An outstanding wicket keeper, Murray scored 1,000 runs for the county in the 1967 and 1968 seasons and played in 62 tests for the West Indies.
He likens Trinidad’s standing in the West Indies to Nottinghamshire’s in the county system and is hopeful that formal links will develop.
“We need an alliance with a county to exchange ideas on the development of players and the way we structure and organise our team,” said Murray.
“The West Indies setup is way behind international standards and we need to catch up. We have an understanding with Notts and the staring point of the partnership is the visit of Wayne Noon. We’ve welcomed him and made him part of the Trinidad and Tobago setup for our game against Jamaica.
“We want our coach to visit Trent Bridge and we’re hoping one of our players can spend time there and rub shoulders with the squad.”