- Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:20 pm
From the many posts re squad, we all seem to agree that the system for young, promising Welsh cricketers is, for various reasons, not producing the necessary talent for professional cricket as in other Clubs. As stated previously, Cricket Wales is introducing a new pathway for juniors from 2021 by combining counties into 4 regional areas but I have various questions which someone on here may be able to clarify:
Who decides on the players to enter these 4 teams as some who played for counties previously will be disappointed at not being chosen and may be lost to the game? If the coaches and administrators are parents, it is open to favouritism.
Some areas eg a combination of Cardiff and Newport could be much stronger with youngsters missing out who would easily get into another weaker regional team.
From these 4 teams, the Welsh age squads will be chosen. Again, who chooses them?
From these Welsh squads, some will go forward to the Glamorgan Academy for higher level 4 coaching from James, Maynard, Wallace, Harrison, etc. Who chooses these?
I think I’m right in saying ALL other professional Clubs run their own systems so Glamorgan is the only one with another organisation involved which can, potentially, cause problems. At what point is Glamorgan involved with the above selections and who has the most say - Glamorgan or Cricket Wales?
Obviously, a set pathway is a good idea but will it reduce the number of youngsters participating, some of whom could develop later. Longer distances to travel (more costly) adding to time factor.
Very interested in clarification and comments from others who may know much more about it.