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News: Dougie Brown not to play for Scotland against Pakistan

Warwickshire have refused to release Dougie Brown for the Scotland ODI against Pakistan. Some people may remember that Brown is a former England international who has also starred, at least once from memory, in a match winning performance against Pakistan in an ODI in Sharjah in the mid 90s.

Scotland have 4 players who play for English counties. Dougie Brown (Warwikshire), Gordon Goudie (Middlesex), John Blain (Yorkshire) and Kyle Coetzer (Durham). It may end up that none of them are released!!!

The article also talks about the ICC making it a law that player MUST be released by clubs for ODIs, but I am thinking that this might adversely affect the players from Scotland, Ireland or Netherlands who would then not get hired by the counties in the first place, because they would have to release them on and off, especially since from here on one is expecting the Scottish, Dutch and Irish cricket summers to start getting more and more packed.

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    June 10, 2006 at 8:22 am

    I personally would be in favour of the ICC forcing clubs/counties to release players for asscociate national games because counties willingly employ players from test countries knowing full well that they will have to release them for international fixtures, so players from associate nations could still get in.
    Also it’ll help the associates a lot because at least they can work on a plan for the game a lot earlier knowing which players are available (barring last minute injuries), also they don’t have to waste precious time wrangling with the counties to secure players.
    With the Scottish, Irish and Dutch calenders filling up, having a full strength squad will help them push their case forward and may even help ease the attitude towards other associates.

  2. June 11, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    Yeh, things are worse for Ireland with first-choice wicketkeeper O’Brien called up to cover for Geraint Jones at Kent and even Eoin Morgan, an Ireland regular through out the county season is being called up by Middlesex to cover for some players.. So Ireland have a really weak squad for their ODI against England..

  3. June 11, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    Here is the strange thing….. Morgan got called up in his county to cover for Joyce, who had gotten selected in the England ODI squad.

    Looks like the english county is hurting Ireland quite badly.

  4. Ram
    June 11, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    Well…Looks as though we may end up seeing an England vs Ireland A match; not the sort of advertisement that the ICU would’ve hoped for given that this “historic” ODI has aroused huge interest among the Irish. Given the significance of this ODI, I wonder why the counties are so adamant against releasing the Irish players! On one hand, the ECB and the MCC are looking to develop Scottish and Irish cricket by giving grants to the respective cricket boards and by including their national teams in the county circuit while on the other hand, the counties seem to be impeding their development by refusing to release the players.

    One way to overcome this problem would be for the ECB to probably cut down their grants to the respective cricket boards and instead use that money to compensate the counties for releasing their contracted players. I’m sure the absence of so many key players will also affect the crowd numbers and thereby the gate revenue that the ICU would’ve hoped to pocket from this ODI.

  5. June 12, 2006 at 1:02 am

    The tickets have already been sold so I dont think the ICU will lose any money. But I think the game is not going to be a competitive one, instead the result is likely to start off the whole associate countries and their low standard debate all over again.

    I am not sure if ECB gives any grants to Ireland anymore….. and I am 90% sure that they are not giving any grants to scotland either. Before 1996, both Scotland and Ireland used to play in Minor counties competition, like Wales does today, and hence they were eligable for the grant.

  6. June 12, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    The good news is however the match will be telecast live on BBC2 Northern Ireland.. Lets just hope that there are no weather interruptions and Ireland puts up a fight..

  7. June 12, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    Yes, but the bad news is that Ireland are not even half the team they were 1 year ago, when this match was scheduled. Joyce, O Brien, and Morgan are all out of this match, so I am worried that it may end up making this game a pointless Aus v Nam type match from the 2003 World Cup. And if that happens, then neither are the 7000 fans going to show up for the future games, nor is BBC going to cover the future clashes.

    But lets wait and see. If Ireland put up a respectable performance, then all the speculations about what could have happenned had all three of these players still been with Ireland are going to show up.

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