Selection Policy

A. Background

1. Throughout the season, selection is one of the most important and contentious issues, both on an individual and Club-wide scale. It is the source of much discussion and, often, argument. In light of this, the Club has decided to adopt and implement a written formal Selection Policy (“the Policy”) in order to make the selection process more transparent and understood by the players. Much of the Policy will not contain anything new, rather, it will be confirmation and clarification of various informal practices that have occurred since the Club and its predecessors began.

2. The Policy was drafted by the Committee of season 2005/2006 in conjunction with consultation with the coaches, the current and past captains, various life members and other senior members of the Club. The Policy has been ratified by the 2017/2018 Committee

3. The Policy contains guidance on:

3.1. The objectives of selection;
3.2. The factors taken into consideration in selection decisions;
3.3. The communication of selection decisions to players;
3.4. The role of the Chairman of Selectors; and
3.5. Other miscellaneous important matters.

B. Objectives of selection

4. The objectives of selection are to balance the following needs of the Club:

4.1. To select the strongest XI for each grade of cricket of which the Club fields a team;
4.2. For the Club to have regard to its future success by promoting and developing youth; and
4.3. To be fair and consistent in the treatment of players.

5. It must be recognised that sometimes these objectives are not compatible with each other. For example, a very talented player who does not train may not be picked in the XI in which he is obviously able to play. This may have the effect of not, in theory, picking the strongest XI, however, it promotes fairness and consistency in selection. Furthermore, it must be recognised that the balancing of these objectives may be different for each XI. For example, the emphasis on picking the stronger XI will be higher in the 1st XI than it will be in the lower XI’s.

C. Factors in the selection process

6. The following are factors to be considered by the selection committee in the selection of their teams and individual players:

6.1. Ability – A player’s ability is the most important factor in determining which XI he is selected in. No one benefits by a player playing in an XI in which he is either too good or simply not able to contribute to the side.

6.2. Form and performance – It is important to note that form and performance encompasses a player’s performances over a period of matches, and not just a single performance. Also, the selection committee is entitled to consider the quality of opposition in assessing a player’s performance

6.3. Training – A player’s attendance at, and attitude during, training are factors to consider in selection. However, this factor should not be applied blindly. For example, if a player cannot train twice a week due to work or family commitments but can train once a week, this may not affect selection. It must be recognised that the Club is not professional. Nevertheless, if a player does have an issue regarding his training availability, he must inform his usual captain or Chairman of Selectors.

6.4. Future development/potential – Younger players who have the potential to play in higher XI’s should be given preference in selection. This doesn’t mean, however, that older players will automatically make way for younger players regardless of performance. Nevertheless, where two players have similar claims to promotion or similar arguments for demotion, preference should be given to the development of younger players.

6.5. Initial reason for promotion/demotion – If a player is promoted due to a series of good performances, he should be given more of an opportunity in an XI than a player who has been promoted to a team on the basis of unavailability in that XI. Similarly, if a player is demoted for poor form, then he may be required to perform better in the lower XI to gain promotion than a player who has been dropped to a lower XI after, for example, returning from an absence.

6.6. Team balance – A captain is entitled to have team balance, both in relation to the spread of batsmen and bowlers in his team, as well as the type of batsmen and bowlers in the team. Team balance may also vary between 1-day and 2-day games.

6.7. Absence – If a player is unavailable to play because of an absence during the season, then this will be a factor counting against the player in determining where he is selected upon his return. The reason for the absence may, however, be a relevant consideration (i.e. an absence due to work or family commitments will be treated more favourably than an absence due to a holiday.)

D. Communication of selection decisions

7. A player is entitled to be individually notified of the fact that he has been promoted or demoted and the reason for that decision.

8. The notification of a player’s promotion or demotion and the reason for the decision is to take place after training on a Thursday night. It is at the selection committee’s discretion as to whether this occurs just before or just after the reading out of all the teams. Under no circumstances is a player’s promotion or demotion to be communicated to anyone before this time.

9. The communication of a player’s promotion should be conveyed to the player by the captain of the team into which the player has been promoted. The communication of a player’s demotion should be conveyed to the player by the captain of the team from which the player has been demoted from.

10. In the event that the appropriate captain cannot communicate the message, the message should be conveyed by the Chairman of Selectors.

E. Role of the Chairman of Selectors

11. The role of the Chairman of Selectors is as follows:

11.1. To chair the selection meetings;
11.2. To ensure that the Policy is implemented.
11.3. To co-ordinate the availability of players from match to match.
11.4. To communicate the promotion or demotion of a player where this cannot be done by the appropriate captain.
11.5. To liaise with the Committee about any selection issues that may arise.

F. Other miscellaneous important matters

12. It is the responsibility of the player to communicate with his captain or the Chairman of Selectors about his unavailability for selection for a particular game.

13. Unless there are very special circumstances, a player may not make himself unavailable for selection in a particular XI.

14. The selection policy may be amended where required during the off-season by the Committee, or in the event of very special circumstances, during the season.

15. Subject to the Committee's discretion, a player who has not paid fees cannot be selected in circumstances where another player, who has paid fees and is otherwise available, would miss out on selection. For example, if 56 players are available to play in five XI’s, no player who has paid fees will miss out on a game where there are players who have not paid fees.