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Tribunal decision threatens overseas cricketers in club game
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
10 August, 2017 10:56

At first glance, this might not seem significant, but if this ruling had been made a few years earlier, it would probably have prevented Stevie Eskinazi, and Nathan Sowter from playing english club cricket, and as a consequence, getting a pro contract with Middlesex.

This ruling doesn't appear to make any comment about elligibility because of having one english parent, but it is all to do with players coming to England as amateurs, but who might be considered as doing so in the hope of gaining full time employment as a cricketer.

There are rules about how much international cricket someone has to have played before they can be signed as an overseas player. This ruling seems designed to stop 21-25 year olds who might have played, for instance, for Western Australia U19's playing club cricket in England even as an amateur on the grounds their their real motive and ambition might be to become a professional cricketer.

The Warwickshire Sidebottom may have got in just in time.

Re: Tribunal decision threatens overseas cricketers in club game
Haringey Racer (IP Logged)
10 August, 2017 13:14
Surely having UK nationality trumps anything else and the question of visas won't apply. That's how (for instance) Sam and Angus Robson were able to come here without any issues. I'm not fully up on all the rules but I though having a UK national as a parent made you entitled to UK nationality.

Re: Tribunal decision threatens overseas cricketers in club game
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
10 August, 2017 14:20
Yes, I'm sure you're right, HR.

It's difficult to remember what each players back story is. I guess if one parent is english, you probably have a dual passport, so no problem. This guy appears to be a comparative rarity (someone without any english heritage). But they keep the standard up. And, if Australan authorities respond in kind, that would put an end to people like Harry Podmore increasing their cricketing knowledge by playing grade cricket in Australia.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/08/2017 14:22 by chunkyinargyll.

Re: Tribunal decision threatens overseas cricketers in club game
adelaide (IP Logged)
11 August, 2017 00:03
What I do not see in the report is anything about the status of the tribunal. If it is just a couple of local barristers or dignitaries it surely has no legal force. Frinton and the league may have agreed to this form of arbitration but nobody else has to abide by it.

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