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Monday, August 16, 2010

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Russ

RS, you left out Bravo's (very successful) stint at Victoria, squeezed in between playing poorly for the WI test side and being injured for the WI one-day series with Australia (though it is worth noting he played to larger crowds when turning out for Victoria). Both he and Pollard are contracted first and foremost to their IPL teams, incidentally, as is Cameron White, despite being captain of Victoria.

You're right, it is a disgrace, but do we expect better from cricket's administrators? It is why I argued in my manifesto for extended domestic T20 windows (4 per year, totalling 24 weeks). Enough to keep the bean-counters and players happy, and provide sufficient time to play out a decent (but not excessive) international schedule.

The Reverse Sweep

Russ, I like your idea of a T20 window, but surely the administrators need to limit the number of teams one cricketer can play for. Bravo played for Victoria too? I missed that one. Gee he has been busy. Maybe that's why he has been crap for the West Indies recently!

Russ

RS, my thinking is that if there is a set of windows for all domestic T20 tournaments - May/Aug for the northern hemisphere, Nov/Feb for the southern - then players will only be physically able to play in one country per hemisphere. It is only a short step from there to preventing them from playing for two sides in a calendar year (or to link teams such that they have joint squads, but two homes). The link on my name explains in more detail.

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