I began sorting out the squads for the new season today and I quickly realized that several changes must be made to ensure a balance of sorts. The majority of the rookies will play for the Colts, but there are a couple who fill gaps in teams.
I'd like captains - MJ Robbins (Red), NS Pickup (Black), AJ Garven (Green), LA Camps (Blue) to start discussing with their squads as to what sort of composition they'd like for next season. The reality is that some players will have to change to a new squad.
There is no contract system within Dev League cricket, so all players are essentially free agents at the end of the season. The only thing binding a person to a particular club would be some issue of loyalty, but in the large scheme of things, it doesn't matter what colour or club you play for, once there's good opportunity to get game time there.
Some of the notable moves which will likely come to pass:
KS Wright (Red) to the Colts as a prime captaincy candidate. Discussions are ongoing.
- experienced head and a good person to lead an inexperienced bowling attack.
DP Towns (Green) to the Colts.
- solid batsman who will get more consistent playing time with the Colts. Move made due to abundance of batsmen in the Green squad.
GS Gooljar (Green) to the Colts.
- legspinner will get more playing time with the Colts. Move made due to abundance of spin talent in the Green squad.
Without Wright in Red, there will still be 4 good pacers (Watt, Cameron, Kennett, Borcich), unless there is some agreement before squads are finalized that sees one or more of them moving to a new club. The intention is to add another spin talent to the Reds, to accompany Bennett.
Gray acts as the backup wicketkeeper and adds to the batting talent, which is pretty secure with 8 quality batting options, added to one allrounder (Bennett).
Lezama is the main 'keeper. Garven acts as the second gloveman, unless he wishes not to, in which case adjustments will be made to the squad to accomodate. P Bharat enters the system with Green as an additional batting option. This gives 8 quality batting options with 5 allrouners, 3 of which are spinners.
Jennings is the lone specialist spinner in the squad, with Weber (somehow ) qualifying as an allrounder. Hoy and Rose serve as the specialist seamers (not discrediting batting ability).
Jellett and Crampton are the wicketkeeping options. Patrick, Collins and Demeza are the main seamers, as the specialists. Fuller and Camps are seam bowling allrounders.
A question lies in the spin department. The team can't carry as many spinners as there are in the squad currently. At least one of Halsey, Loganathan, Popat must move to a new squad to keep a balance. The PDV Dome is too quick for so many spinners.
I'd like one of Halsey, Loganathan, Popat to step up to be moved to a new squad (likely Black). It would make the decision easier.
Pickup, Richards and Broadbent are the specialist bowling options, with Broadbent the only specialist seamer. Jason Toogood makes his return to Dev League cricket with Black. Wilson and Thompson are seam bowling allrounders.
Black needs at least 4 more players to be added for a full complement. JJ Josy may be one of those.
RT Verghese and SJ Burke are the wicketkeeping options. Four spinning options and 6 seam bowling options, only 2 of which are specialists - KS Wright and GM Thomas.
So that's the situation so far. As you can see, there's still a lot to be done in terms of adjustments. All players who weren't mentioned as otherwise can assume that they're tentatively still in the same squad. All unassigned players who haven't been mentioned as otherwise can assume they're in Colts.