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Opinion: On the county v country issue (“Oh no… not again”)

A few things that people need to keep in mind in addition to all that has been said about these issues…….

Morgan, Coetzer etc are not the first choice players for their counties…… they arent the expected match winners……. these guys are fringe players, who generally dont even play in the first teams……. such players cannot demand much…… if it was Adam Gilchrist, he could have asked to be released for a couple of games, because the county would not have liked to piss him off. Morgan, Coetzer, and to some extent, even ten Doeschate, are not the type of players who the counties rely heavily on to produce to the goods……

It is like asking a new hire to rock the boat…… generally, they are in no position to do so, because the organization doesnt value them at indispensable levels……

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  1. July 9, 2007 at 5:56 am

    Part of the problem though is that counties are refusing release even for games that release is mandatory for.

  2. Tom Mather
    July 9, 2007 at 7:21 am

    I can understand Coetzer and Morgan being worried about their place in the team, but if they aren’t playing anyway as Coetzer isn’t what have they got to lose. They are really telling their coach that they are afraid of failing and of not being good enough. They should say. “I’m going to play for my country and I’m good enough to get my place back.” If they are good enough they will, and if not they won’t have much of a career anyway. Surely that atitude will earn more respect in the long run, as well as helping to develop their game.

  3. July 9, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    I think that none of these players is good enough that if the county must release him for ODI games, they are worth the money for the county………. think about the situation where 3-4 of the county games may be clashing with ODIs, in that case, the county would HAVE to release him………. now Coetzer or Morgan probably want to go ahead and show their counties that they are loyal to them more than their countries……. or maybe they are trying to earn brownie points…… whatever…….

    This situation is going to stay…… ICC needs to give these countries a solid calender, good money, and then see if the situation persists……. for the exceptionally talented (e.g. Greame Hick) it may still be a better proposition to play for England………

    Probably England needs to tighten up their eligibility criteria for playing in the national team………

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