April 25, 2010

English cricket

England retain Ashes but IPL is 'garbage'

Jamie Alter
Bob Willis in Sky Sports mode, June 2004
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From fast-bowling great to cult hit on TV, Bob Willis tells the Independent he would ban overseas players and despairs at how our game is being run.

"I would stop all overseas players in the Championship. Overseas players, it is said, can improve those around them but I remember Gordon Greenidge and Barry Richards at Hampshire, a great opening partnership, but Hampshire didn't produce any other batsman who played for England except Paul Terry, who won two caps, which defeats the argument. But generally it's evolution versus revolution and it's not evolving too well. We're always followers."

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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