Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Aussie coach ridicules England cricket set-up
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2001, 16:33 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
London: Australia coach John Buchanan has fired off a blistering attack on the way English cricket is run, deriding the county championship as a "servant of mediocrity" awash with second-rate players.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Buchanan said in the 'Sunday Times' although England had made steps in the right direction by awarding central contracts to its top Test players and improving coaching, a major overhaul was needed.The English county game was riddled with players not good enough for first-class cricket and said a reduction in the number of fixtures would help weed out 'impostors'.But according to Buchanan "undermining these initiatives, though, is an archaic playing system, a true servant of mediocrity." "The ECB must take the path that promotes less cricket, rather than allowing the schedule to be squeezed by more cricket in an attempt to meet the cost/revenue equation," he told the paper.Buchanan believes slashing the number of matches will encourage players to think more clearly about tactics, with the result that standards will improve."Skills will increase, weeding out the three or four 'imposters' who exist in every first-class county," he said."I don't want to deny these players an opportunity to play, but it should be at a level comparable to their standard and not be a continual drain on county coffers."