Hampshire Cricket History


A surprise?
April 26, 2017, 11:34 am
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Zafar Ansari has retired from cricket at the age of 25. I guess I’ll always regret that I never had a quarter of the talent of such a player, but I wonder really how surprising that decision is? He’s a very bright man with a number of professional and career options, but he’s also a finger spinner. As I’ve been suggesting, what exactly is the point of bowling finger spin in England, unless you’re at a county that will prepare pitches to bowl on (like Taunton) ? The last home game Surrey played, saw a wicket fall at more than one every 15 overs – the highest of all the figures so far this season. Even in the 50 overs squads, England have gone for one batting finger-spinner (Moeen) and a wrist spinner (Rashid).

PS Some good news – and I’m very pleased for him; super guy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/39721055

 

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An unfortunate loss to the game. He has many options though and I wish him well.

Meanwhile someone has let James Whittaker speak in public again and he finds Crane’s non-selection “disappointing”

http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2017/content/story/1094627.html

Comment by moggahooller

Many thanks for that

I agree with Whitaker entirely, except when he says “we have no control over the selection of the Hampshire team”. I seem to recall they prevented Topley playing last season? If so, that’s not true is it? If they can prevent selections, why can’t they insist on them?

Comment by pompeypop

I don’t think Ansari’s retirement is that surprising to be honest particularly as he seemed to be struggling to even get into the Surrey side. With his education and Surrey’s city-links I’m sure he will not be short of alternative career opportunities.

Good news for Rouse who never really got a chance with us which I suppose is surprising for someone born in Zimbabwe!

Comment by James




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