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Shame to see Reece Young retire, short of two years removed from the Test side.
Reece Young really called time on his career when he moved back to Auckland last year imo
Daniel Flynn to captain ND
Northern Districts Cricket Association
thanks for that. Good for Flynn.
Glancing through the player list for ND - Sodhi will be hoping for bigger things this year. Unfortunately my old coach said they (spinners) don't come into their prime until 28. think success for him will be getting a season average under 42.
What a ball! Things we never see in 10* temps.
There's a name from the past, Marc Calkin. If he came back he'd get Smithy and McMillan more excited on a Friday night that some of Flem's top 6.
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The Major Associations have until August 9 to complete their list of 14 players. Wellington, and most of the others, announced 13 yesterday and Kerr indicated that the final Firebird would be a local quick bowler, possibly Iain McPeake.
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Canterbury have to name a 14th player on August 9 and while Johnston and Lonsdale are options for that spot, The Press understands the Wizards are also looking outside of the region and possibly the country to fill that last spot.
I feel kinda bad for doing this, because I know shamelessly self-promoting can kinda suck at times, but I've started doing a bit of writing for a cricket website and would like to get some feedback/people reading. By all means tear the article apart; only one way to improve.
New Zealand Cricket’s Domestic Exodus
New Zealand cricket is losing some of its most promising youngsters and most experienced heads at a time when they need all the promise and experience they can get. This month has thrown up three unexpected departures of New Zealand domestic cricketers, raising issues about the structure and sustainability of cricket below the international level in the country.
Reece Young is 33. Two years ago he was representing the Black Caps in Test match cricket, playing 5 matches – including the historic Hobart Test that will go down as one of the greatest matches of all time. And now he has announced his retirement.
Peter McGlashan was 33 when he announced his retirement last year, mere days after being named in the preliminary squad for the ICC World T20. He played 4 ODIs and 11 T20is for New Zealand, and his replacement at Northern Districts was Adam Wheater, an English overseas player.
Mathew Sinclair is 37. He is the highest runscorer in Central Districts history with over 15000 runs across the three forms of the game. He averaged above 40 in the Plunket Shield last summer. He is the most consistent First Class batsman New Zealand has produced since Martin Crowe. He is renowned for being selected and then dropped from the national side. If he wished, he had multiple seasons left in him.
Harry Boam is 22. He averaged over 50 with the bat in the One Day competition last season, and had developed enough to be right up there with Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham in the promising all-rounder stakes.
Joe Austin-Smellie was 22 when he walked away from the game last year. He hadn’t set the world alight, but was an Under 19 representative for New Zealand and had carved out a handy start to his First Class career.
Something is driving New Zealand cricketers away from the game, and it is a serious problem. In a nation of 4 million, with only 6 First Class sides and a struggling national team, NZC cannot afford to let talented youngsters and experienced old heads become disillusioned with the game and leave.
The issue is, at least in part, related to pay. Domestic contracts in New Zealand are not nearly as highly paid as in Australia or the UK – and the nature of cricket makes it very difficult for a player like Mathew Sinclair to hold down employment away from the game. The problem is such that, according to Peter Lampp of stuff.co.nz, Sinclair had no choice but to sign up for the unemployment benefit after announcing his retirement. At 37 years of age, many people have 15 years of experience and an undergraduate degree behind them. Journeymen domestic cricketers have no such benefits, as all three of Sinclair, Young and McGlashan alluded to when expressing their desire to follow-up employment opportunities away from cricket in their retirement statements.
Boam is one who attempted to do both; he is studying a Commerce degree at Victoria University. He is engaged, and he owns his own home. This desire for normality – for security in income, for the freedom to not be bound by a fixture list – has pushed him away from a game he has presumably always loved.
But what can those in the NZC hierarchy do to prevent players from walking away before their time? They aren’t blessed with the TV revenue flowing through Cricket Australia; they don’t have the support base of billions like the BCCI, nor can they rely on drawcard home series like the ECB. It is a difficult problem to solve, if it is solvable at all, however it is clear to see that the administration needs to find some way to ensure talented youngsters are playing high-quality cricket against experienced opposition – without this international success is incredibly difficult.
We may never see another Mathew Sinclair, and the game would be poorer for it.
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The problem is well over the head of NZC imo because it's really a societal issue; the fact there is no history of 'tastemakers' or old money in NZ. The money men tend to be of the really ruthlessly self-made type who find rugby much more appealing. If there is a bit of softer wealth who enjoy cricket, they tend to be tight in a different way, believing $30,000 a year is ample for a young buck to take his girl out for a malted.
Hence there very few Kiwi kids with the credulity to do something 'for the nation', in fact city kids generally won't be hoodwinked into doing anything that is a near-neighbour of faith or chauvinism or jingoism or relates to the drivers of Old Zealand at all. You often hear of smarter kids getting gently chided for their cop-out in not leaving the country, that you may as well be slightly touched and living in your parents' basement if you've decided to stay in NZ. The 'Adelaide Effect' I think the Aussie media calls it, the desire to push genuinely talented people closer to the centre of the world's action.
I guess that's not a bad thing, it's just an uncomfortably hyper-rational thing for those who've hitched their sentiments to a game that has no real evolutionary right to exist in NZ, at least not in a flourishing golden age form.
Good article. The situation is very unfortunate.
My feedback would be to not always say the word 'he' when providing the Cricketers brief bio and say something else to state a sentence like the cricketers surname or the Wellington keeper etc.
It's not a new thing though, Dan. Stu Mills gave up the game early, and (as I recall) that was to follow a more career orientated path.