This is my proposal to resolve the problems currently being experienced in the CW XI system. I don't expect everyone or even most to agree and accept my plan, but I urge that everyone considers it thoughtfully before arriving at a conclusion.
Two main issues on the agenda:-
1) Election of Board Members
2) Player contracts
1) ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS
The Board should ideally be comprised of players with no investment in the CW XI (non-players), but as it is, both board members are performing the dual role. To many this introduces the potential of bias influencing decisions and that makes for an unhappy party.
My suggestion is that a casual survey be taken to gather the feelings of the CW XI, CW 'A' and CW 'B' players to get the current opinions on the Board as a whole and to assess the individual members (Reuben and myself). This will be taken into consideration and an additional member elected to the Board. This additional voice would preferably be a retired player or non-player to remove that area of potential bias.
Another person, preferably a CW player may then be elected as a moderator to Board meetings. That person would be informed of all selection and report back to the public in an attempt to ensure a thoughtful reasoning process. As such, for every selection suggestion or movement to drop a player, reasons must be listed by the relevant Board member. That reasoning will then be released by the moderator/observer for public scrutiny.
At the close of each tour a vote will be held to gauge the public opinion of the actions of the Board for the most recent assignment. That vote may or may not lead to another election to determine the third Board member and moderator.
2) PLAYER CONTRACTS
Players should be issued contracts of a minimum of one (1) tour to a maximum of three (3) tours. These contracts would possibly act in one or more of the following ways:-
a/ Contracted players get an immediate slot in the CW 'A' or 'B' team when not in CW XI service.
b/ Contracted players must play at least one international in every series (comprising of more than 5 matches) for which he or she is contracted and selected. This will ensure that every player in the touring party gets a chance to play.
c/ Touring parties must be chosen only from contracted players.
d/ Injured players may only be replaced by contracted players if available.
Personally I would suggest a/, b/ and d/ of the above options.
The reason for contracts is to ensure that the CWBCC has a decent pool of players at its disposal should another walkout occur. The contracts add some measure of job security to the CW players.
Such a contract would only be terminated under the following circumstances:
1/ Severe breach of CW XI rules and regulations.
2/ A unanimous decision by the Board which is accepted by a majority vote from the public.
3/ An appeal by the player which is granted by a unanimous vote of the CWBCC.
All contracted players will get some measure of playing time during the contracted expanse (ie one series, two series etc.). Only ten (10) central contracts will be granted (ie three tour contracts) and ten minor contracts (one or two tours) in addition.
These suggestions are subject to modification and I welcome comments, criticism and suggestions. You may either post publicly here or e-mail to email@example.com
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