There’s been a lot written about how the scheduling of The Hundred will result in the One-Day Cup providing an opportunity for young players. I’m not aware of any specific rules, just that if a team has lost a lot of personnel to the franchises then they’ll have to field an XI from what they have left.
Yorkshire are no strangers to being short of star players. Many big names are often absent due to international commitments. This summer, England regulars such as Jonny Bairstow and captain Joe Root will be participating in The Hundred as will the likes of Adam Lyth and Matthew Fisher.
So who can Yorkshire pick?
Youngsters James Wharton, Ben Birkhead and Dom Leech amongst others have already tasted first team action. Spinner Sam Wisniewski even rocked up at the Abu Dhabi T10. Could the One-Day Cup present an opportunity for new permanent signing Dom Bess to display his white-ball credentials? He does seem an oddly inexperienced player in white-ball cricket. Matthew Waite is another one. He recently signed a new contract and will hope to have put a succession of injury problems firmly behind him.
Beyond those to have already made an appearance, the likes of Josh Sullivan, James Mukherjee and Yash Vagadia are some of the names that might feature on the scorecard. After many a disappointing headline, it’s welcome to see some diversity in the names and faces coming through the ranks. At the end of the day though, the best team needs selecting.
Don’t forget everybody from Gary Ballance to Steve Patterson too. Jonny Tattersall, Ben Coad and Jordan Thompson are all excellent players as well, even if they’ve been ignored by Hundred teams or national selectors.
Yorkshire have actually released a few players in recent times. Spinner James Logan departed meanwhile Ed Barnes and Jared Warner have moved to pastures new. In hindsight, may Yorkshire wish that they’d kept hold of a few more players?
As for the other counties, there are some criminally underrated or under appreciated players out there. The One-Day Cup should still be strong and it’ll be interesting to see the knock on effect that the competition has for England’s ODI side.
I’ve watched a lot of T20 and T10 highlights this winter and though some players struggle to adapt even from T10 to T20, I do believe that the best players can use their T20 experience to make themselves far more valuable fifty-over players. Of course, a lot of players are solely focused on nothing longer than the T20 game now.
Hopefully fans will be able to safely attend some games, whatever the format, across various competitions this summer.