You can’t really blame Derbyshire but, as England’s brave but increasingly battle-worn boys take on Australia in Tasmania, it was hard for Third Man to see the sense in providing Australian Test tyro, Usman Khawaja, with opportunities to develop his game playing eight Championship matches, all the county’s Twenty20 group matches and six of their CB40 games, oh and probably pick up a cheque for £40,000.
Peak Fan welcomes the move, writing that it has ‘captured the imagination of most, something that will hopefully be translated into positive action at the gates of grounds.’
And at This Is Derbyshire John Morris, Head
Master of Cricket at the County, is quoted as saying, ‘the move to Derbyshire should be a key stage in his cricket education,’ and that the young man is, ‘keen to come over here, learn his game and score runs’.
No doubt he is. Who would not want such a chance especially with the 2013 Ashes in mind.
Is Third Man the only one who thinks that this is madness?
This is a one way street with our young cricketers having to pick up the scraps in Grade Cricket, sleeping where they can and making ends meet with menial employment – a true apprenticeship.
If this young man wants to develop his game, he should be free, work permit permitting, to find some Premier League club where England and Wales cricket will at least get the benefit from young county second teamers sharpening their skills against him.