Hampshire Cricket History

How Much?
February 19, 2021, 9:17 am
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Do you remember Chris Morris who played for Hampshire in the 2019 T20? I don’t really since I don’t watch it, but his record was pretty ordinary. He played in 11 games scoring 86 runs at 14.33 and took 12 wickets at 25 each – economy of 7.81.

I’ve just read that he has been sold at the IPL auction for a record £1.6m. Another ‘Hampshire’ player Glenn Maxwell got close at £1.4m. Interesting to compare those prices with the world’s number one, Dawid Malan at “almost £150,000”. (I might not watch).

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I remember Morris being very disappointing when he played for us, yet always seems to get big IPL contracts. Makes you wonder, our T20 overseas players haven’t been great the last few years – Munro, Morris, Shaheen etc.

Comment by Joel

In fairness, I don’t follow it enough to comment but there has certainly been a real decline from the period of maybe 5/6 (?) years that started in 2010 (and we’d not been very good before that).

Comment by pompeypop

I notice with some cynicism that Moeen Ali is also to be part of the expensive IPL bubble.

Comment by James

Yes … interesting move huh?

Comment by pompeypop

I am pretty angry with the ECB’s handling of this. They had a plan for the Sri Lanka/India tour and they’ve stuck to it – all players have had a break at home, otherwise they’d have been away from home for 3 months. I know that’s less than the ‘old days’ but in those days players weren’t in a restricted bubble, could sightsee, were invited to parties and could go out to bars and restaurants.
England have a lot of commitments this year, and into an Ashes winter, all probably to be played in isolated bubbles. Hence the need for breaks.
And yes, that did also take account of the desire of many players to take part in the IPL – with the sums involved, and the limited earning life of a sportsman, which injury can cruelly terminate without warning, who can blame them?
Moeen fulfilled to the letter his part of England’s plan. Because he tested positive he played less than intended – but also spent two weeks isolated even from his team mates, stuck by himself in a hotel room far from home.
By their unfortunate words the ECB gave the impression that he was different and had let the side down. He wasn’t, but the damage was done, with the usual abuse resulting on social media.
Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, and Jonny Bairstow are all in the IPL, and other England players were in the auction but not picked up.
Thanks to the ECB, only Moeen is subject to obloquy.

Comment by dmashala

Thank you for that. I guess the (our?) world of cricket has changed irrevocably now – probably hastened by Covid, and in some cases the authorities haven’t caught up – they don’t know how to deal with it. Way back the priorities were county (state) and country; now they are the individual and the individual.

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