Selection Process and Policy

I thought I would just write to all senior men players in the Club regarding the selection process and difficulties we are encountering at present.  This follows one of the most difficult selection meetings I have sat on in my time at the Club last Tuesday.  We had close to 90 players available for 77 places and the whole process took one and three quarter hours.

The good position that we are in is that we have a significant number of new players to the Club which we always welcome.  The obvious impact of this is an increase in competition for places.  I want to stress at the outset that all players need to be aware that competition for places may be the greatest that they been experienced at the Club for some time.  This is a good problem to have but does create difficulties.

The Selection Committee – made up of the seven Saturday captains and myself as Chair – has a few guiding principles.  These are contained in the recently updated Selection Policy which can be found by following the link below.  I am keen to ensure that all players – new and existing – are treated fairly and that we operate in as consistent a manner as possible.  I can assure all players that all members of the Selection Committee take their responsibilities seriously and that issues are thoroughly discussed and challenge made to captains as deemed appropriate.

But that does not mean that we will always get it right.  I am more than happy to discuss any concerns that people from all teams have on a confidential basis if necessary.

The selection discussions have not been helped by the very little cricket that has been played.  We hope that once games get under way then the process will become slightly easier.

I can assure you that we make decisions with the Club and the individual teams as the priority.  But that does not mean that we are unaware of the potential for discontent that some of our decisions may result in at an individual level.

Hopefully you will all rise to the challenge and make the Selection Committee’s decisions a lot easier by your performances on the field, and general attitude and commitment to the teams and the Club on and off the field.

Please take a few minutes to read the selection policy outlined in the attached document

I wish you all the very best in the coming season.

Graeme Hough

Chairman of Cricket

10th May 2012

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