22nd September 2014
Patrolling the Boundary – a view from the outfield
The new system looks very interesting, and gives room for optimism.
But how does it work? Will players on tour in India and South Africa be part of each franchise’s initial squad of 15? Presumably not.
So then do they come in as ‘extras’ when they return to the region? Or will each franchise re-select its squad of 15 after Christmas?
They’ve said there’ll be 90 (perhaps 105) contracted players. So will there be 15 players on central contracts, similar to the ECB structure for Team England? Will the selectors then get to say if an off duty international should go back and supplement his island team?
I’m not 100% convinced the WICB has completely thought through the practicalities of all this – re integrating WI internationals back into the domestic structure when they’re not on duty.
But this is a massive step in the right direction – except of course for those people who are of a totally entrenched, nationalistic, insular, island-identity-at-all-costs stance.
Our international players will be in India and South Africa, and will not play until later.
What I do hope is that we will get more people watching. The standard should be better and all the CCC players should be taken up by Barbados and the other franchises, e.g. Guyana, the Leewards and Windwards mainly, will be looking for a fast bowler, a spinner, a batsman, and an all rounder. But there are lots of questions still out there.
But I am in support to at least try.