Tasmania captain George Bailey believes the nation's cricketers should be playing limited home games more expansively than the current miniature tournament at the start of the season, which culminates Wednesday with the Tigers final. and Victoria at the Oval junction.
The national competition of more than 50 years has been compressed in a short window around September and October for the last five years, coinciding with the fall of Australia from the first to the sixth place in the ICC ranking. This planning decision was partly taken to clear the space for the Big Bash League T20, and Bailey is one of the many players who believe that the List A tournament should be played simultaneously with the Sheffield Shield or in two blocks, one at start of the season and another later in the summer.
"I think we have a rich history in the World Cups, in the one-day cricket, and I think the one-day competition in several years, particularly in those years in which we won World Cups, have been very important "Bailey said. "It's worrisome, I think if that tournament is being watched as [a pre-season tournament] and the performances are not seen in terms of players dominating this competition, you want them to have opportunities to play for Australia.
" On that front, you want to be playing on the best grounds, at the best possible time, to make sure that those performances mean something, and we continue to perform in the really great one day tournaments around the world. "I certainly do not want to be in charge of programming. [But] I think it's important to play a one-day cricket match when playing an international one-day cricket.
"I think it's dangerous to start choosing your team one day on the back of who is doing well. in the Big Bash. In an ideal block for the tournament [world] I think it's important for players to understand how they feel and how that goes, but I think there is an opportunity to play a little more cricket one day at another stage of the season. "
This year's tournament saw a move away from the inclusion of a Cricket Australia XI development, but with the compensation of a system by which each team qualified for the finals regardless of how many matches they won in the smaller rounds. has been the main beneficiary of this stratagem, advancing to the semifinals after a wash against the low range of New South Wales and then defeated the unbeaten Western Australia, which according to the 2017 model would have gone directly to the final.
Victoria's captain, Peter Handscomb, said the tournament should not be considered simply as a preseason event. "I think that saying this is a preseason tournament is wrong," Handscomb said in Melbourne. "There should be a lot at stake in this, this is the national competition, people are willing to play international cricket one day for Australia, and people should realize what's going on here, so there's still a lot at stake." . .
"The players understand how important it is, and everyone is here trying to do their best, I have not won one for Victoria, it's exciting to get out and I hope the guys turn it on again, and we can get the trophy."
Bailey can not be accused of making his judgments in retrospect, having criticized the format of the tournament in 2013, the first year in which he was diverted to the front of the season. "I like the balance of last year and the spread of a day and cricket Shield," Bailey said at the time. "This is a style of tournament play, but it is not what was done in the past when we played cricket much better.
" So, if it's a quick solution to try to play cricket better, I'm not sure. Your side of a day will be out by two-thirds of the competition anyway. I think it's a difficult thing to do well, programming, but from the perspective of an association of players and players we would like to be consulted more.
"For men who might be right on the periphery of that Australian side in January, they would love to have the opportunity to play cricket one day for their state at the end of the Big Bash, to get two or three more games, and almost the same when we play the Tests, it would be good for the players apart from the Test part to find a way to play Four-Day Cricket to make their way. "