Thatscricket - News - Lamb assails Lloyd for his comments
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2001, 21:33 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]London: On a day when former Australia fast bowler Jeff Thomson said the current England side was full of failures, English cricket's senior administrator did his best to deflect more media criticism from ex-England coach David Lloyd.The former Lancashire and England opening bat, an opponent of Thomson's during the 1974-75 Ashes series in Australia, Monday blamed the counties for failing to produce enough Test class players in his Daily Telegraph column.But England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tim Lamb insisted Lloyd was off target. "Some specialist coaches are employed in specific disciplines but not nearly enough and not often enough," wrote Lloyd."In this area, counties will say they are strapped for cash but most have ever-increasing office staffs with full-time positions such as press and media officer, stadium manager and the like. What do these people do all day?"But Lamb responded by saying, "It's no secret that cricket is not a rich sport and, on limited budgets, all the first class counties are running their clubs on a very professional and well-managed basis."I'm sure David and his colleagues in the media would be the first to complain if they weren't getting a good service, and they would be right to do so as cricket needs as much publicity as it can generate."Also, every county needs to have someone responsible for their ground to ensure the safety of players and spectators - this is essential."Lamb agreed the introduction of central contracts had left many counties without their best players - but rejected Lloyd's claim that this was a "ludicrous" situation and came close to accusing him of hypocrisy."It is true to say, however, that some counties will see their top players on only a few occasions this summer - that was the inevitable consequence of introducing central contracts for England players," said Lamb."David was, of course, a leading advocate of this new central contracts system. But, as David alludes to, central contracts have played a significant role in England's recent run of five Test series without defeat."The introduction of the two-division championship has brought about a tougher, more intense and competitive form of cricket that is helping to prepare players for Test match cricket."Lamb insisted the current generation of England players, 0-2 down in the Test series against Australia, were not as bad as many were saying given that they were currently competing against the best team on the planet.He said, "We must not forget we are currently playing the leading cricketing nation in the world, which would have been a tremendously difficult challenge in any circumstances - made more so by the spate of injuries we have suffered."