ECB chief Tom Harrison©UKTN
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison has written to Cricket Australia asking the Australian board to involve young England players in the Sheffield Shield. This Harrison suggestion comes on the back of England’s bad show in the ashes going on. Australia have already sealed the Ashes after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.
“The reality is that we need to spend a lot more time with players in Australian conditions. I have had a number of conversations with Cricket Australia and have written officially to Cricket Australia asking if they would consider us allowing players to be put in Sheffield Shield cricket, for example, as an important change we can make,” Harrison said in an interview with the UKTN’s Test Match Special, as reported by UK Time News.
“We have had to cancel many individual player preparation plans – which would have involved time in Australia – due to the [Covid-19] pandemic, because effectively Australia was closed, and a number of other tours that were planned to allow us to be in better shape for this tour had to be shelved,” he added.
Australian players are already playing in the County Championship as overseas recruits. However, this is not the case for England players as they don’t get many opportunities to play in the Australian competition, Sheffield Shield.
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