England Cricket have introduced a plan to increase the ratio of English players in future cricket teams. The aim is not to keep overseas players out of the team by legal means, but to help homegrown players push through.
David Collier, the ECB chief executive, admits that the current system does not provide the conditions necessary to produce the desired number of quality players -especially as it also has to compensate the lack of competitive sports at schools- and sets the goal of producing "50 England-qualified cricketers under the age of 26 by 2013". The interesting details of the strategy can be read here.
I absolutely welcome this new direction and look forward to seeing more English among the English. After all, what's the point of beating the Poms, if they aren't Poms?
It's the Barmy Army nearly killing themselves for the good cause.
Read more about the Sport Relief challenge called "The Shirt Of Hurt" here, and have a gloat over the gallery ^^