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Evaluation of Greg Chappell’s proposals to improve Australian cricket


Greg Chappell has seen almost everything. He is a respected member of the former Australian captains club, but one of Australia’s greatest batsmen ever.

Chappell was also the former talent director of Cricket Australia, and his recent proposal to improve in the Australian summer is fairly straightforward. It roughly breaks down into four parts.

First, start Shield season in the Northern Territory or Queensland in late August or early September so that the peak of the season is in November or December, and potentially add another team to the competition.

Second, the one-day competition is held either on weekends throughout the season, or in February or March in its own season.

Third, the period after the Big Bash League should be reserved for Australia A games against other A sides.

Fourth and finally, implementing a draft for better dissemination of talent across different states.

His proposal would fundamentally change the ‘gentlemen’s game’ as a franchise-based system. Let’s look at each proposition and its pros and cons.

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First, it has the advantage of being able to play the full competition in the first half of the year from the start of Shield season in late August or early September. This allows for increased workloads for both bowlers and batsmen and sets themselves up for a much longer summer of cricket under Chappell’s plan.

However, playing the Shield will initially clash with the back end of the AFL and NRL competitions, especially if one of the Queensland NRL sides is performing well, so people are also less likely to go to Shield matches. This creates no incentive for further red-ball cricket after the BBL hiatus and will result in the loss of many exceptional state cricketers who are either playing at a lower level for their clubs or sitting with little cricket.

Secondly, holding a one-day competition on weekends throughout the season would work just fine. This brings in fans and allows for more streamlined competition. Holding it in the post-BBL period in February and March has the advantage of giving the competition its own airtime without interruption.

However, the downside to all of this is that one-day matches could potentially take part in some of the Shield’s players, if they are being held on weekends, as the Tests are running out of fear of burnout before summer. If held in February and March, administrators run the risk of boring cricket fans with more and more cricket.

Third, playing more Australia A matches is always a win, regardless of when they are played. These days it seems that Australia A is used for test candidates in some form before the test or for players coming in at the highest level of playing time.

The disadvantage of this is that, as proposed, there will be a temptation to play Test players in the A series to be held after the BBL as there will be nothing else for them to actually participate. Also, Greg Chappell has not determined who will play against whom. Presumably it will be against the other A sides, but it is not clear.

Finally, the draft system. On the surface a drafting system would create a Marx-like effect of spreading talent around the states and creating stronger competition. In fact a draft system only hurts states that have excellent talent identifiers and strong junior avenues.

Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, arguably the three best sides, have well-developed paths in their Shield sides. D’Arcy Short, Josh Phillippe and Hilton Cartwright may not even get regular playing time for West Australian Sheffield Shield side. Similarly, Brendan Doggett and Billy Stanlake have struggled to get consistent playing time for Queensland, as did Jack Edwards and Jason Sangha for New South Wales.

Cricketers have gone from one state to another for the last 150 years to find their next opportunity. Adam Gilchrist moved from New South Wales to Western Australia, David Hussey from Western Australia to Victoria and Alan Border from New South Wales to Queensland, just to name a few. If the cricketers are serious about getting the game in a row, they will turn to the states to do so. Nick Maddinson is thriving in Victoria. Peter Siddle had another great season in Tasmania.

Greg Chappell’s extensive proposals have the seeds of many good ideas, but the draft system and the proposal to play the entire shield before the BBL are problematic and should not be included. Adopting the best parts of their strategy will help keep cricket moving forward as the sport of choice in the summer.

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