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    Are Kolpak players hurting English cricket?

    Something that I've been wondering about the past few weeks, and reading today that Justin Kemp has been signed as a Kolpak player by Kent prompted me to create this thread.

    Is English domestic cricket going down the road of the English Football Premiership where in a few years the bulk of players will be from overseas and aren't eligible for English selection?

    It already appears to be hurting English cricket as an example with Chris Taylor saying on his Cricket Web Column:

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Taylor
    My second season at Derbyshire didn't go as well. A combination of a bad back injury and the signing of three Kolpak batsmen meant I wasn't picked in the team (after I had been player of the year only the year before), so I decided to leave the club.
    Are Kolpak players seriously hurting the English game? What does the future hold for the English game?

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    I don't think so. It means that the duds will miss out in favour of better Kolpak players, while the better English players will still be picked and will be playing their cricket against the Kolpak players which generally means a higher standard of competition. I actually think it's good for English cricket. They want quality players not a quantity of them.

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    Without wanting to talk Chris Taylor up too much, I fail to see how someone can be Player of the Year and then fail to gain selection the year after, especially when it appears to mainly be down to the signing of three Kolpak batsmen.

    How can that be good for the English game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Without wanting to talk Chris Taylor up too much, I fail to see how someone can be Player of the Year and then fail to gain selection the year after, especially when it appears to mainly be down to the signing of three Kolpak batsmen.

    How can that be good for the English game?
    He's a bloody average player though isn't he? He was never going to make the England team and a better Kolpak batsman in his place at the County side means a higher standard of competition for the other English players who are of better quality.


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    But quite a few of these Kolpak players don't seem to be of a particularly high standard.. I know Somerset have got a guy called Kieswetter in the side who I don't think would particularly raise the bar, and he's keeping any locals from behind the stumps whilst he's here.. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't get in a franchise side back home tbh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt View Post
    But quite a few of these Kolpak players don't seem to be of a particularly high standard.. I know Somerset have got a guy called Kieswetter in the side who I don't think would particularly raise the bar, and he's keeping any locals from behind the stumps whilst he's here.. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't get in a franchise side back home tbh
    If there were any better locals in the squad or in the county they'd take his place though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    If there were any better locals in the squad or in the county they'd take his place though.
    Not sure, I know Kolpaks are cheaper, and he's taken the place of Carl Gazzard, who, while no awesome shakes as a player, was definitely no worse.. Young players are leaving because they know they are in with less of a chance to develop when you can just shove a few Kolpaks in..

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Something that I've been wondering about the past few weeks, and reading today that Justin Kemp has been signed as a Kolpak player by Kent prompted me to create this thread.
    As reported here by myself a number of months ago

    On the topic, I dont think its as simple as "Are Kolpaks Bad?"

    As players there are good Kolpaks and and bad ones, as there are well run Counties and badly run Counties.

    Counties have been making bad personel decisions well before Kolpaks hit the scene. This is just another way poor administration manifests itself.

    Cant argue with a guy like Kemp. He is an experienced and strong performer that will be a benfit to his County.

    An argument may be made about the lesser players taking spots but maybe that will help the long-term malaise of English cricket which has been the lack of ambition shown by young County pros who think they have made it once they are on the scene.

    Maybe the influx of ambitious and determined second tier Kolpaks will shake things up and force the young County players to step up and work harder on their games. Something that as a group they have tradionally been criticised for lacking once the contract and car are received.
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    I think they do. I agree with SST that the absolute cream should always rise, but arguably even their development can be stiffled. I mean, if you're a coach your first duty is to your own team; development of talent for the national team is a secondary concern (especially when the chances are that if the guy's really good you won't have him for the majority of the season anyway). So playing a bloke in his 30s with a proven international track record against a 20-year-old tyro with bags of talent but no real form to be judged against is a no-brainer for me.

    Moreover, it's arguably not just England it's hurting either, obviously SA are hit the hardest in this regards, but (if one extends the definition of "Kolpak" to also include those who qualify for EU passports) the loss of blokes like Hamish Marshall (Irish passport holder IIRC) has probably harmed NZ & ditto Pedro Collins (now a Kolpak at Surrey) for the Windies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    He's a bloody average player though isn't he? He was never going to make the England team and a better Kolpak batsman in his place at the County side means a higher standard of competition for the other English players who are of better quality.
    Try not to be so rude, especially when he'll more than likely read this. Have you done any research to back up your comment anyway? He was the second highest run scorer behind Darren Lehmann at Derby in the limited overs in 2006.

    Yorkshire are obviously showing a lot of faith in him in signing him to a three year contract too.

    His goal is to be playing full international ODI cricket with England within the next 12 months.

    Here's a good audio interview with him too.

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    And the influx of foreigners into the English football game has doubtless raised the standard of the Premiership, but it's done absolutely diddly squat as far as the national team goes..

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    Kieswetter's an interesting one. He left pretty much as soon as he finished his U/19 stint. I guess SA have their fair share of talented wicket keepers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Try not to be so rude, especially when he'll more than likely read this. Have you done any research to back up your comment anyway? He was the second highest run scorer behind Darren Lehmann at Derby in the limited overs in 2006.

    Yorkshire are obviously showing a lot of faith in him in signing him to a three year contract too.

    His goal is to be playing full international ODI cricket with England within the next 12 months.

    Here's a good audio interview with him too.
    If he's trawling the forums, has he seen this?


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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Kieswetter's an interesting one. He left pretty much as soon as he finished his U/19 stint. I guess SA have their fair share of talented wicket keepers.
    There are at least half a dozen keepers above him in the country

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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    He's a bloody average player though isn't he? He was never going to make the England team and a better Kolpak batsman in his place at the County side means a higher standard of competition for the other English players who are of better quality.
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