Richard is a talented young club batsman and exceptional fielder. He plays for a club who are league high flyers so settles for scoring loads of runs in the 2nd team.
On the occasions when he is promoted to the 1st team, the batting is so strong he bats at 8 and doesn't get a game. He is making up the numbers for his fielding alone.
You can imagine how demotivating this is to a young player like Richard.
I'm sure your club has faced a dilemma similar to this: Do you go for the win by playing your strongest team regardless, or do you compromise and give everyone a game?
Or to put it another way, how do you answer one of the fundamental questions in sport: Is taking part more important than winning?
I feel that there doesn't have to be a compromise. Even under the increased pressure of league cricket.
Richard could easily be sent in higher in the order. If he fails it's no loss, if he hits a hundred he seals his place in the first team and has a great time in the bar afterwards.
Either way, at least he would be given an opportunity at no risk to the team's chances of winning.
What about the attitude where you play?
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