Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: What is the right balance for domestic cricket?

  1. #1
    Hall of Fame Member chaminda_00's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Murali CG
    Posts
    16,305

    What is the right balance for domestic cricket?

    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?
    The man, the mountain, the Mathews. The greatest all rounder since Keith Miller. (Y)

    Jaffna Jets CC (Battrick & FTP)

    RIP WCC and CW Cricket

    Member of the MSC, JMAS and CVAAS

  2. #2
    Global Moderator Prince EWS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    The Colonies
    Posts
    42,648
    I don't think there's a universal "right balance" TBH; it's different for each country. What works for one might not necessarily work for others depending on how players are identified to come through, the amount of good-quality players available, the geographical spread of cricket, financial constraints etc etc.
    ~ Cribbage

  3. #3
    Hall of Fame Member Furball's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Justice For The 96
    Posts
    19,139
    Quality. England suffer from playing far too much domestic cricket of a poor quality.

    A county player good enough to play all games in all formats but not quite of the quality to step up internationally will spend over half his cricket season playing - which is ridiculous. More time is needed for players to hone technique and work on their game, which players in England don't get.

    They also suffer from substandard competition. There are simply far too many counties in the English game.

  4. #4
    Hall of Fame Member chaminda_00's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Murali CG
    Posts
    16,305
    Sri Lanka has 21 clubs and five provincial sides ftr. We have more sides then England, even just at club level.


  5. #5
    Hall of Fame Member Furball's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Justice For The 96
    Posts
    19,139
    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    Sri Lanka has 21 clubs and five provincial sides ftr. We have more sides then England, even just at club level.
    Doesn't seem that bad if the system is operated properly.

    Play for your club, represent your province if you're good enough, move onto the national team.

  6. #6
    Cricket Web Staff Member Woodster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Manchester, England
    Posts
    5,470
    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Quality. England suffer from playing far too much domestic cricket of a poor quality.

    A county player good enough to play all games in all formats but not quite of the quality to step up internationally will spend over half his cricket season playing - which is ridiculous. More time is needed for players to hone technique and work on their game, which players in England don't get.

    They also suffer from substandard competition. There are simply far too many counties in the English game.
    Not sure about the poor quality of English county cricket, but certainly too much of it. Justin Langer said last season the County Championship now is as tough as any State cricket he had played in back in Oz.

    There is a definite case for more time to hone technique though, I fully agree.

  7. #7
    U19 Cricketer
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Christchurch,NZ
    Posts
    437
    For SL the province format produces the best cricket, the lesser the teams the better obviously and also in the provincial they get to play on international standrad pitches. Australia have similar population to SL and have 6 teams so i think SL should implement similar system. NZ also have 6 teams could be 2 teams too many.

  8. #8
    International Captain straw man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    l
    Posts
    6,074
    Quote Originally Posted by Nishan View Post
    For SL the province format produces the best cricket, the lesser the teams the better obviously and also in the provincial they get to play on international standrad pitches. Australia have similar population to SL and have 6 teams so i think SL should implement similar system. NZ also have 6 teams could be 2 teams too many.
    That's quite a popular view (that NZ has too many domestic teams), but I don't agree. For a round robin competition four is too few teams, and IMO five is the bare minimum. Make it too small and all that happens is everyone plays each other far too many times and becomes far too familiar with playing against each other, and you also end up with a smaller pool of potential players to pick for the national team.

    Am quite happy with the 6 domestic teams NZ has.



Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Domestic Cricket Draft
    By chaminda_00 in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 363
    Last Post: 18-03-2009, 03:51 AM
  2. Everest the new cricket venue
    By Xuhaib in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-01-2009, 02:07 AM
  3. Night cricket?
    By AlanJLegend in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-01-2009, 04:00 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •