Quantity over quality approach hurting domestic game: Katich
NSW captain Simon Katich has highlighted the increase in domestic cricket matches as a possible reason for more injuries and a slackening of standards around the country.
A far-reaching review into the underperformance of the Australian team following the crushing Ashes defeat will take in analysis of the domestic game, with national captain Ricky Ponting adamant the Sheffield Shield is not what it once was in terms of developing ready-made international players.
When Katich debuted for Western Australia in 1995-96, each state played 10 Shield matches and five domestic limited-overs games in a lean and mean summer schedule.
Fifteen summers later and Katich noted the advent of Twenty20 plus the expansion of the one-day competition meant that first-class players now faced an exacting schedule while also playing far less club cricket, t hereby diluting quality at t he grassroots level.
‘‘ I know it doesn’t sound like much, but the schedule’s been crammed into October, November, December for the Big Bash, and that’s played a big part in now there’s a lot more injuries and stuff like that,’’ Katich said.