You're desperate to become a cricketer.
You watch your heroes on TV and dream of playing alongside them. You play your heart out in matches and seek that chance to show your ability. You practice as much as you can, even training alone when there is no one else to train with you.
The trouble is that nagging question: Do you even have a chance or are you wasting your time with an impossible aim?
You know the raw facts already. Most people who play cricket never go on to even reach professional cricketer level. An even smaller number will ever reach international honours. You need to be a very good player to even get a chance. There are always more people wanting to play than there are places in professional Academies and on team rosters. Statistically you are fighting against the odds.
Yet there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
You have passion and desire.
You are prepared to do whatever it takes to reach the top. You are impervious to setbacks and you have youth on your side. With luck and squeezing out every ounce of talent you might just be able to join the cricketers who play professionally.Science has proven this is the cornerstone of success.
When it comes down to it, your goal is simple: The only way you are going to make it score runs or take wickets at your current level. From here you can work your way up through the levels through sheer weight of performance. Cricket may have its politics and complexities but no one can argue with heavy run scoring or wicket taking.
More than one chance
Often I get an email from cricketers like you asking for "just one chance" to become a cricketer. I understand this request. You want it badly. You know you are a good player and you just need to show it to someone who can open the door. The world is at your feet if you only get the chance to show what you can do.
The truth is that "one chance" is not how you become a professional cricketer.
Even the best players in the world did not make it by being ignored then suddenly springing out of obscurity to win the World Cup.
You need to get there through hard, deliberate practice and robust confidence. That combination feeds into on-field performances over a long period. You work hard, you take wickets and you score runs.
There are no shortcuts.
No one is playing cricket because they proved themselves once. It's a 10 year marathon that is strew with failures and dead ends. Success is not linear, it's a squiggle of ups and downs. Settle in for a long, often-frustrating journey.
People become cricketers through a story of hard work and overcoming setbacks.
If you want to become a cricketer then be realistic: Look at your age, your background, and your personality. Only then can you decide if you truly have a chance. The fact that you have read this all the way through is a great start. Now, you can take personal responsibility for what happens next and stop worrying about getting "one chance": You can make many chances.