County Cricket – How Long Can it Continue?

With the 2003 purchase of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich changed the finances in the English Premier League forever. He presided over a massive increase in spending that saw players switching teams for massively inflated fees and on wages that had never been seen before. This inflation has continued with the purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour in 2008. This has now culminated in the Chinese Super League spending what is seen as obscene amounts of money for players and paying wages in excess of £300,000 per week.

It’s not just football that has seen massive increases in investment, after their exploits at the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympics cycling has had millions of pounds invested into it to create a sustainable and successful team. This has also been apparent in boxing in recent times, a resurgence of interest and rivalries along with up-and-comer Anthony Joshua has seen millions spent and invested in the sport. Cricket, one of the oldest sports played in the world, hasn’t been as lucky.

Whilst talking about the kind of figures that are being invested in football, boxing and cycling it’s probably fair to say one of the reasons for this has been a resurgence of interest and this is something cricket is currently lacking but it’s a case of when and not if this historic sport can continue to be played on the money that is currently going through it. 

Yorkshire won the County Cricket Championship in 2016 and for their efforts were awarded with £158,100 in prize money. If you compare this to the amount that Leicester City FC were awarded for winning the Premier League last season at £24.8 million you begin to see the absolute disparity in the sports. The amount Yorkshire were awarded accounts for around 0.5% of the figure Leicester got. To put this into further context, on the back of their title winning season Jamie Vardy and Ryiad Mahrez were worth awarded contracts with weekly wages in excess of £100,000 per week, together that’s much more than Yorkshire Country Cricket receive per year.

As stated previously, this could be mainly due to public interest with the biggest football match of the season for fans; Manchester United Vs Liverpool drawing in an average of 2.8 million viewers. The highest watched cricket matches can only account for 300-400,000. This is reflected in the television revenue each team receives with most Premier League football teams receiving over £20 million against cricket teams earning around £1 million.

Wages are another place where County Cricket falls down against the weight of the Premier League. Professional cricket players for County Cricket teams usually earn around £40,000-£50,000 per year from their clubs. In the world of the Premier League even average players can earn upwards of £50,000 per week. The average wage in the Premier League stands at a little over £37,000 per week and the highest paid is reportedly Wayne Rooney on over £300,000 per week.

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25 March, 2017

West Indies T20I squad against Pakistan

West Indies batsman Jason Mohammed has been called up to the Twenty20 International squad for the first time for two of the four matches against Pakistan from March 26 in Barbados.

The Trinidad quartet - Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons and Samuel Badree are all will make a return to the 16-man squad for the upcoming T20 international series against Pakistan.

The remainder of the matches to be played in Trinidad and Tobago’s Queen’s Park Oval on March 30, April 1 and April 2.

West Indies T20I squad: Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Jonathan Carter, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Keswick Williams
19 March, 2017

Leicestershire sign NZ’s Luke Ronchi

Leicestershire have signed New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi as a replacement overseas player for Sharjeel Khan, who was charged with corruption by the PCB.

Ronchi, who has previously enjoyed spells with both county Warwickshire and Somerset, will instead join as the Foxes second overseas player for this season's Natwest T20.

The 35-year-old explosive batsman, who has a strike rate of 141.89 in 114 T20 matches, is likely to be available in all 14 group games.

"I am delighted to have signed with Leicestershire Foxes for the NatWest T20 Blast. I love playing county cricket and can't wait to get started with my new teammates," said the New Zealander.

Ronchi has represented his nation in only four Tests and 71 ODI’s and 32 T20 internationals, and is looking forward to getting to work with English county.

Caribbean Premier League: 7 Pakistani cricketers

Here is some good news for the Pakistani fans.! 

Seven Pakistani players have been included into the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League 2017.

7 players drafted into the CPL:

  1. Sohail Tanveer: $160,000 (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
  2. Shoaib Malik: $110,000 (Barbados Tridents)
  3. Imad Wasim: $90,000 (Jamaica Tallawahs)
  4. Mohammad Sami: $70,000 (Jamaica Tallawahs)
  5. Shadab Khan: $30,000 (Trinbago Knight Riders)
  6. Wahab Riaz: $30,000 (Barbados Tridents)
  7. Kamran Akmal: $15,000 (St. Lucia Stars)
12 March, 2017

West Indies allrounder Dwayne Smith retires from international cricket

West Indies allrounder Dwayne Smith confirmed his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old, who is currently playing for Islamabad United in the ongoing Pakistan Super League, has announced the decision before the qualifying final game between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings at Sharjah.

Smith was part of two World Cup squads in 2007 and 2015, where his last appearance for the national team came against UAE in Napier at the 2015 World Cup.

He made his international debut during the tour of South Africa 2003-04, in Cape Town in January 2004.

The Caribbean batsman scored 1560 runs at a strike rate of 92.69 in 105 ODIs. He also claimed 61 wickets in ODIs.

Smith has been a well known cricketer on the T20 format, over the last couple of years, turning out to play in the Indian Premier League, the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League and now the Pakistan Super League, as well as the NatWest Blast in England.

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