In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, counties continue to cancel the contracts of overseas players. If there is any cricket played this summer then it could be that local/English players are presented with opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have had.
There are great benefits of experienced overseas players representing counties but far too many of those signings are nowadays made with a short term view. They’re a quick fix and more likely to delay the development of a young local lad than aid it.
If we do witness any county cricket this year then we could see some unfamiliar names taking to the field. Some will flounder never to be seen again and soon turn to working in the city etc but for some, they’ll seize the chance and go onto make a career that they might not have had. We’ll wait and see…
It was my intention to post an audiocast but technical issues mean that we’ll have to content ourselves with the written word.
Firstly, I hope that everybody is well. Please stay safe and adhere to the appropriate advice. It isn’t always easy dependent on your employer but I hope that financially and health wise you’re all able to survive.
There will be little cricket this year. Recreational cricket will have to pass which will be of great frustration to many. Please try and stay positive. As for watching and following the professional game then maybe some short form cricket at the back end of the summer is as much as we can optimistically hope for. Whether or not travelling to these matches will be safe and practical for fans is a difficult question. This ‘thing’ isn’t just going to blow over. For the ECB and their Hundred baby that will be of grave concern!
I’ve stalled on Cricket 19. I’m halfway through a Test match as France but a mid-match patch, little children, work and the weather have all impeded my progress/enjoyment. I’ll try and round it off soon and post the details… it could be interesting!
Now is surely the time to read some cricket books and watch some films. Please refer to the relevant tabs at the top right of my blog for recommendations (Menu & Widgets-Home-Batting Order-Select Category).
England’s cricketers have returned from Sri Lanka and rightly so. If they’d stayed in Sri Lanka there’s no guarantee that they’d be able to get home at the conclusion of the tour. They may have spouses, dependents, children and elderly family who need their support. They can’t possibly have been expected to focus on cricket even if young healthy families are perceived to be at less risk. I myself have a child who is high risk and many people seem to be making misguided assumptions about who are and who aren’t vulnerable. England’s cricketers have a nice life but already spend enough time in hotels. To have been locked up in one with their families in England and no travel authorised just couldn’t have been allowed to happen.
As for The Hundred, the ECB will be worried!
Fingers crossed that cricket like society in general can recover soon.