Hampshire Cricket History

… Oh Boy
July 14, 2017, 8:36 am
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(I read the News today …)

Steve James in The Times “Is Keaton Jennings an Ashes opener? … Is Dawson good enough full stop? Should Ali bat higher?”

Vic Marks in The Guardian “Dawson … still has to prove he is good enough in one of his disciplines to be a Test cricketer on a regular basis”.

I think those observations are entirely reasonable but good luck Liam!

In The Cricket Paper on pages 4/5 (with photos)  comes the headline “Kolpaks keep on doing the business for Rod and Hants”. It’s pretty much the same interview as before, although Rod Bransgrove is quoted as saying “You can either plunder other counties or you can take them from another country through the Kolpak route”. I don’t understand the ‘either/or’ in Hampshire’s case.

What this article adds to the news reports earlier in the week, is a statement of concern from the chief executive of the South African Players Association who reports that they have 11 Kolpaks on their books, and from his counterpart at England’s PCA, David Leatherdale, who describes the signing of Kolpaks as “hugely disappointing … instead of developing and producing homegrown players players themselves for the future benefit of English cricket”.

As I have said, I’m no longer going to raise issues like this, or the future format of English cricket etc. except in response to items like these news reports. But this is running as a big story, in a prominent place in a specialist ‘paper, so it’s clearly relevant to Hampshire cricket history.



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