Quan­tity over qual­ity ap­proach hurt­ing do­mes­tic game: Katich

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

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.

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