Hampshire Cricket History

It Takes One to Know One
January 26, 2015, 9:03 am
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Muppet that is

KP is off again. You can see his point about importing the best players to become the best. After all it worked brilliantly in the 1970s/1980s in England when we had LOADS of top overseas players in county cricket and England kept winning everything

(Didn’t they?)

Much the same in football. The Premier League today is crammed with overseas players and boy aren’t England good? After all, next year we can all celebrate that World Cup win’s 50th anniversary.

Here’s the Muppet (from the BBC):

“Former England batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Michael Carberry say English Twenty20 should adopt the franchise system used in India and Australia. Both played in this year’s Australian Big Bash League, where there are eight city franchises instead of state teams who contest longer forms of the game.

“The franchise system works, everybody has made it work, the whole world has gone that way,” Pietersen said.

“Why can’t they do it in England? It’s strange.”

The Big Bash League spans six weeks, with a match almost every day, while England’s T20 Blast, featuring all 18 county sides, lasted over three months in 2014 and will do so again this year. County cricket is also reportedly set to lower salary caps, with sides encouraged to bring through players from academy ranks.

But Pietersen said: “What’s frustrating is they say they want to help home-grown players. The best way to make them become better is to play against better players. All the muppets who are on £18,000 or £15,000 – either you become better or you go and do something else. The best players would play against each other, week in week out. That’s how you become better. You don’t do that by reducing salary caps.”

‘Carbs’ is more polite and you can find it all on the BBC site. The one unanswered question is whether English culture/society is the same as Australia and/or India. It may work, but maybe local loyalties are more fiercely held in a very different country. We have 18 first-class counties because we have lots of counties in a tightly populated country  Australians have a wide-spread open country with a State system of far fewer teams – same with India – in both countries the (few) major towns are long distances apart. That’s before you get into questions of culture more deeply.

But maybe I’ve become old-fashioned simply because I’ve no interest it’s what’s mooted?

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Dave-agree your views-county loyalties trump all others-also two other points. There is the oft-quoted one of some counties like to be disadvantaged with franchises. The other one concerns geography. City franchises are easy in OZ, because 90% of the population live in them. The UK is far different: only London, Birmingham, Manchester and the Leeds conurbation on a par, population wise, with the Australian cities. Also relevant to add that, in area, Sydney and Perth (from north to south, Perth is some 50 miles) are the size of Hampshire! Not watched a lot of the BBL but the talent is frightening. And Carbs has done Hampshire, and himself, proud.

Comment by Alan Edwards

I was amused to find this in the Echo yesterday. “while there may be disagreements over exactly how one might get the best out of Twenty20 in England, those who deny it is needed at all appear to be an increasingly marginal band of flat-earthers”.

If by “flat earth” they mean a decent cricket wicket that can last for a 4-day match, then count me as a flat-earther.

Comment by Andy M

The appalling South African will take every opportunity to promote one thing – himself.

Of course he is too stupid to understand that his every utterance further proves how right England were to dispense with his services.

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