Time for an English quota

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS & VIEWS - KEVIN DE­LANEY, Wok­ing

THE num­ber of Kol­paks and for­eign play­ers with ‘pass­ports of con­ve­nience’ is get­ting be­yond ridicu­lous.

Glam­or­gan, for ex­am­ple, have cyn­i­cally bought T20 suc­cess with a line-up that seems to have lit­tle more rel­e­vance to Wales than the Cape Co­bras or the Dur­ban Dol­phins. Hamp­shire’s chair­man is even more shame­less in de­fend­ing the Kol­pak in­flux. But each sign­ing de­prives a home-grown player of the chance to per­form and, po­ten­tially, to play for Eng­land.

If it’s ac­cept­able for Cricket South Africa to en­force eth­nic quo­tas as a means of fos­ter­ing in­dige­nous tal­ent, would it be out­ra­geous to sug­gest that, post-Brexit, the ECB should re­quire coun­ties to in­clude a min­i­mum num­ber of Bri­tish play­ers in their teams?

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