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    Limiting Overseas Players on Local Cricket Leagues

    Seeing as counties will soon revert back to playing one overseas player at any one time from the 2008 season, I was wondering what other peoples view was regarding this rule in local cricket leagues? (Not county league, just local cricket leagues)

    I know some leagues have rules in place where by one, sometimes two overseas players can register and play for any club any one time. Whereas other leagues have no limit on how many overseas players can play for a club.
    My personal view on this matter is that just like in county cricket, there should be a limit on how many a club can play or register during a season. The reason behind this is that where clubs play more than one overseas player, the whole spirt of a team game goes out of the window as teams like this rely heavily on the overseas players. The homegrown players donít really have an input on the game.

    What are your views on this matter?

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    Hmm, our club has an Australian import, and he has done nothing but good for the club. He has helped our 1st XI actually win matches, although they he has had a fair few bad decisions, with his batting, bowling, fielding and general enthusiasm for the game. Apart from being a bloody good player, he has also helped the youth developement of the club, helping with the u-13s,15s and 17s training, as well as the girls (), and it wouldn't bother me at all if we had more than one.
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    No limits on overseas players? Never seen that before, its just one per club in Cheshire I think.

    From my (admittedly limited experience) I only think it works properly with the premier leagues and possibly the first division. After that, most sides are just village teams. I guy I play midweek cricket ran into some Pakistani, fresh off the plane from Lahore, first game of the season - he racked up 180-ish in no time. So long as the overseas player doesn't become all-powerful, it's definitely worth it. Once he dominates too much, it wrecks the game.

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    Hehe, I don't think that overseas professionals routinely become omnipotent while playing cricket for a club
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    Quote Originally Posted by Back2Basics View Post
    Seeing as counties will soon revert back to playing one overseas player at any one time from the 2008 season, I was wondering what other peoples view was regarding this rule in local cricket leagues? (Not county league, just local cricket leagues)

    I know some leagues have rules in place where by one, sometimes two overseas players can register and play for any club any one time. Whereas other leagues have no limit on how many overseas players can play for a club.
    My personal view on this matter is that just like in county cricket, there should be a limit on how many a club can play or register during a season. The reason behind this is that where clubs play more than one overseas player, the whole spirt of a team game goes out of the window as teams like this rely heavily on the overseas players. The homegrown players donít really have an input on the game.

    What are your views on this matter?


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    I'd guess the finances of most clubs all but restrict them to one anyway.

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    Yelverton's overseas player made 164 the other week in E Division West... Dunsford weren't too happy. Kingskerswell (same division) have signed former Leeward Islands batsman Sergio Fedee.

    This is the Division below the one I played in two weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Baconator View Post
    I'd guess the finances of most clubs all but restrict them to one anyway.
    All very well for the rest of the UK - the issue in London is the volume of Gap Year/travellers in and around the area wanting games and turning out in bulk for 2nd/3rd XI sides beyond the Premierleague limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Hmm, our club has an Australian import, and he has done nothing but good for the club. He has helped our 1st XI actually win matches, although they he has had a fair few bad decisions, with his batting, bowling, fielding and general enthusiasm for the game. Apart from being a bloody good player, he has also helped the youth developement of the club, helping with the u-13s,15s and 17s training, as well as the girls (), and it wouldn't bother me at all if we had more than one.
    This has been my experience as well. Our overseas player is really a mentor to the younger players. He raises the standard for our club, and he helps to install good practice habits that will benefit us when he's long gone. Our league has a rule of 2 overseas players, but doesn't mean you can't have more if your club supports multiple playing XI's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    No limits on overseas players? Never seen that before, its just one per club in Cheshire I think.

    From my (admittedly limited experience) I only think it works properly with the premier leagues and possibly the first division. After that, most sides are just village teams. I guy I play midweek cricket ran into some Pakistani, fresh off the plane from Lahore, first game of the season - he racked up 180-ish in no time. So long as the overseas player doesn't become all-powerful, it's definitely worth it. Once he dominates too much, it wrecks the game.
    What was his name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Back2Basics View Post
    What was his name?
    Don't know. Don't think he was even a decent first-class player or anything, but there seems to be stacks of young Pakistani and Indian club cricketers who come over here in the summer.

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    Well there was this bloke some club near us, about 10 years ago, and he played a fair few FC games, and hit 15 100s in the season matches, and ended up scoring some ridiculous amount of runs. I don't really think that people like that should be allowed to play for such a low club for various reasons.

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    As Neil said - proper overseas players who do the full job are all good. The problem is with Aussie and Kiwi lads, whether on Gap-years or not, who do a few bits and pieces here and there and get a bit of cash in a brown envelope for it.

    Nothing against Aussie and Kiwi lads in itself that is, but there are plenty of people who know how to milk the English club system for all they can.
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    My Club has a South African and he's pretty good, although he's not a professional (as far as i'm aware) he's still counted as an overseas player.

    Bangor Cricket Club has a sri lankan professional who helps out coaching the U12s - U17s and also helps out at my school sometimes. He's pretty good tbh.

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