Sri Lanka is starting to implement a new provincial series to go with their club competition. But unlike South Africa they want the players to play every match, both provincial and club. The provincials were orginal designed to allow the decent FC players to play matches with the NT players. But they can't find any windows or windows get closed with lately arranged series like Pakistan.
To cut to chase the players are complaining about playing too much cricket. With guys playing 17 FC games (12 3-Dayers, 5 four dayers), 17 OD Matches and 9 Twenty20 Cricket. Add in Under 23 tournment and potential SL A call up at the end of the season. Young cricketers like Sachith Pathirana might play 12 months straight cricket.
There been calls for improving the standard of domestic cricket so they implemented a Tier structure. Which has worked to get all the top players in one league. Now they want a standard just below the national team, as even with the Tier there still quite a few holes in all the sides, especially as you get lower down the ladder.
But have the gone overboard now, with these fixtures. Personally I think they should run the comps side by side and have the club comp as feeder comp for provincials. Basically Colombo Grade cricket. It wont happen, as there too much behind the scences stuff at club level.
Basically what is the right balance for domestic cricket quality or quanity?