There is much to admire about English cricket. I believe it is still the most professionally organised structure in the world. County cricket is a great breeding
ground for anyone who desires to improve his game. I only wish the many good things about Englisg cricket could be grafted onto the Pakistan version.
Despite its many and varied assets, the english system fosters mediocrity which, in the long run, is cruel for the country's international aspirations. Test matches aren't won by bowlers who bowl accurate medium pace or flat off spin and compile laborious innings off the front foot.
England's team is always difficult to beat, but invariably mediocre, with few attacking players in the side who can win a game by flair. This is partly due to overkill:
There is too much first class cricket in England,
The English game seems short of genuine enthusiasts on the field. With so much cricket being played in the season, the English player knows he can always make ammends the next day. He's just not hungry enough for success, he needs to be more aggressive. The relaxed attitude of the players seeps through to the public, who like an edge to the cricket and can sense a lack of excitement.
Also a lack of 'Personalities' in English cricket seems part of an unconscious desire to have every cricketer playing the same, over coached way and behaving in the same fasihon. Characters cant flourish too readily in English cricket and I admire Ian Botham for getting to the top, while still remaining true to his individualistic instincts.
Generally the English first class cricket is not sold enough to the public, compared with tennis, soccer or golf, and it just doesn't appeal to the right age groups. As a result, the present system in England isn't conducive to creating the best International side in the world....