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plainmoor layer
01 Dec 09 15:10
Date Joined: 27 Nov 01
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A seedy little story worthy of the cesspit that is football which provokes many issues -

Surrey once again throwing their weight (money) around bullying the smaller counties in an attempt to cream off the best players.

It does however smack a little bit of desperation that they are prepared to give the county captaincy to a man (albeit with a great potential future) who has only played 8 first class matches - can you imagine the likes of Ramps taking orders from the young upstart? A massive gamble from them.

RHB, whilst developed by Surrey since the age of 10, last year revealed that he would not have developed as he has in the last couple of years if he had stayed at The Oval and that the environment there was not good for young players.
Does the lure of the wonga and the captaincy now change those views?

Chris Adams, Sussex legend, is in grave danger of sullying that respect by his 'tapping up' of his ex county's players - a la football managers.

Where does this leave the future for the less well off counties? They spend years and money investing in home grown youngsters (although i grant RHB wasn't local) only for them to be creamed off as and when the big boys fancy a new player.

Worrying times i would suggest for the domestic game.
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Report brentford December 1, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
Been going on for a while,

the likes of Leics and N'hants get a lot of stick for the number of kolpaks they've used but you can hardly blame them when they spend years developing a young player into a test match player (eg, Stuart Broad) only to see the lure of a bigger team and more money.

Leics incidentally of late seem to have gone more the route of young home grown players (probably just as well with the kolpak rule changes) -
but have been as a result largely appalling in the short term whereas, N'hants have enjoyed something of an improvement with their saffers 2nd XI approach.
Report BigMig December 1, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
Did you know that Leicestershire receive 90 per cent (yes, ninety) of all the money the ECB pay to Notts for having Broad on a central contract. The county which nurtures the England player does benefit financially even if he leaves.
Report BigMig December 1, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
Oh and Surrey's first-choice as captain was Rob Key. They even offered to buy him out of his benefit with Kent. But Key decided to stay at Canterbury.
Report plainmoor layer December 1, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
Which says something about the task facing an unproven 22 year old in the not particular stable environment at The Oval if someone of the experience of Key is happy to turn it down. Let's hope RHB sees sense and realises that his long term prospects are best served by staying in the more secure (and far more successful) environs of Hove.
Report brentford December 1, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
Interesting to know BM,
and pleased to hear although the figure is particuarly high.

Effectively I suppose keeps them potentially as a stable feeder club (the Crewe Alexandra of cricket ? )
Report Yossarrian December 1, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
Surrey remind me of that Belbin experiment that deliberately forms the worst possible team

Seriously badly management, history of signing awful players or those totally unsuited to the conditions

And no sign of improvement

Rob Key is a proven failure as captain and RHB has only played a handful of proper games in his life

This from the side that resigned Alex Tudor!
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