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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    As long as said foreigner is essentially a product of that country's FC system then that is fine by me
    Again, Zimbabwe and Irish cricket will never have a chance with this system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrix View Post
    In that case, neither Ireland nor Zimbabwe will ever become competitive. Afghanistan, Canada etc too.
    Do the talented players of those countries deserve the salaries offered by England or other countries as well as the chance to play regular test cricket more than the countries themselves deserving the chance to play their best team twice a year? Unless there is a big united push to get minnows off the ground then I can't see the best talent of minnow countries wanting to stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theegyptian View Post
    Stokes is the worst example. He came here at like 12 with his family and has been through all the Durham age groups.

    I don't have a problem with this at all. As a rugby fan, however, I get really annoyed when NZ rugby is accused of picking foreigners when Samoan (etc) kids move to NZ with their families when they are 3 years old (or are born in NZ!), and Northern hemisphere 'experts' say we are poaching!!!???!!!!

    On another note - prediction time. Stokes, Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham - all similar players of a similar age - who will have the most successful career?

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    Stokes has the best people surrounding him, Anderson will get the most opportunities and Neesham is the one who will have to work the most for his opportunities.

    Stokes or Neesham imo. Anderson struggles to stay fit and I'm dubious he can make it as a batsman alone. The other two have the ceilings to be test standard in both disciplines and stay fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Wouldn't it be nice if people were able to keep their place of birth to themselves? Then the whingers might actually have to think a little about their arbitrary is-he-English-enough criteria. Which I expect would be enough to shut most of them up.

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    I suppose it depends in exactly how you view international sporting competition. I've always seen it as players representing their national identity rather than representing their place of residence so whether it not it reflects society or not isn't exactly the point for me. The reason I like true representative sport at all levels - whether it be State of Origin rugby league or Test cricket - is that players' loyalties cannot be bought or sold, or influenced by the greater facts of life. I think this has been greatly eroded throughout my life time to a point where I'm not quite sure what these international teams are really supposed to be representing.

    I personally couldn't care less about the birthplace of players and I don't hold specific resentment towards those who played for two countries, but what grinds my gears is when players:
    • elect to play for their country of residence for the sake of economics, convenience or ease of selection despite the fact that they identify themselves as holding a different nationality, or would actively support another international cricket team ahead of their country of residence if they weren't personally involved
    • move to another country they have no real ties to in order to play domestic cricket and then turn up in the national setup


    The second dot point in particular really grinds my gears; the idea of Grant Elliott packing his bags and leaving his role as a player on the cusp of the professional cricket setup in South Africa to go to New Zealand in his 20s, only to end up playing for New Zealand makes a complete mockery of the way I see international representation. I have absolutely no gripe with him moving to New Zealand in order to play domestic cricket but to represent the national team after that was a joke.

    The problem with my dots points of course is that they're heavily based on individual loyalties and state of mind, meaning they're very hard to actually test or codify. And of course, as much as I'd like it to as a fan, international cricket does not exist in a utopian bubble, nor is it played by robots, so players are naturally going to do what's best for their careers, their personal lives and their families. You can't blame them for doing that and you can't blame the countries they move to for selecting them if they're eligible and the best available - you can't really blame anyone, but to me it's still definitely unfortunate.

    I think one of the biggest problems international cricket is facing with this is the invisible cap we've placed on how good a player from say, Zimbabwe or Ireland, is allowed to get before he stops playing for them. If you're good enough to play for England then you're straight up not going to play for Zimbabwe or Ireland regardless of your passport status - if you're an Irishman then you'll literally actually get picked for England and if you're a Zimbabwean, even if you don't have a European passport, a player of that calibre will no doubt get offered a deal as an overseas county player which would be too good to refuse. This really sucks the life out of following a side like that because while previously Zimbabwe fans could live in hope that no matter how rubbish the side was and how dire the political situation in the country was, there was a small, small chance that the next Andy Flower or Heath Streak would just randomly emerge. The side could be rubbish but the scope for improvement was unlimited, and now the realistic situation is that the scope for improvement is very much capped. It makes me question whether there's any real point in having these sides at all sometimes, when they're legitimately better off producing a player of Malcolm Waller standard than Kyle Jarvis standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Luke Ronchi, Eoin Morgan and Boyd Rankin are the really rank ones. Most of the others like Stokes, KP etc are fine.
    Everyone's 100% fine except for KP.

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    I'm worried Brendan Taylor will get offered and accept a contract somewhere. He's definitely good enough to play county cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    I'm worried Brendan Taylor will get offered and accept a contract somewhere. He's definitely good enough to play county cricket.
    I'm pretty sure he'd have to play as an overseas player if he did though.

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    I don't see a problem with anyone representing any country as I am sure Brit players would love to have a season or two in warmer places

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    in light of recent events I think Hurricane knows Cribb all too well
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    You seriously have to question the sanity of Stokes' parents when they move from arguably the most beautiful country on the planet to a complete and utter ****-hole like northern England

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adders View Post
    Yeah, this is where it doesn't sit comfortably with me either.

    I think once you've played International cricket (any format) then you shouldn't be allowed to then go play for another country. I think the players you mentioned need to make a decision early in their career and stick with it, if they have test cricket aspirations (the Irish) they need to back themselves from the beginning. At the moment it seems like they are hedging their bets.

    As for the general topic here, couldn't disagree more with the OP.........it is a non issue and it's high time everyone just got over it.
    That would kill associate cricket because the likes of Morgan and Rankin would simply never play for Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    You seriously have to question the sanity of Stokes' parents when they move from arguably the most beautiful country on the planet to a complete and utter ****-hole like northern England
    You willingly live in a desert, so you're in no position to comment.

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