Following the work of the Future Structures Group and the meeting of SNCL clubs on October 9 2011, Cricket Scotland has continued its consideration of the issue of senior domestic league structures.
Cricket Scotland has been informed by the views of local associations, member clubs, SNCL clubs, and players, both before and after the meeting of SNCL clubs. Cricket Scotland is clear that the primary function of its clubs moving forward must be to grow the game by creating a large network of stronger clubs and developing more and better players. This will be achieved by increasing the number of opportunities to play at all levels, improving playing and training facilities and creating a strong coaching culture within clubs.
Cricket Scotland has always been consistent in our belief that a more localised competition structure and a focus on building a broader base for the club game in Scotland will enhance the ability of the clubs to grow their participation numbers, whilst the on-going development of the academies, three regional teams and Scotland Lions programme will provide the elevated platform for those aspiring to international level.
After debate and taking all factors into consideration, the governing body has concluded that to retain a national league is not consistent with the vision for growing and developing the game at club level in Scotland. It is fully accepted that this will not please all clubs, but Cricket Scotland must make decisions in the best interest of the long term development of the game and not individual clubs.
As a result, an alternative proposal was submitted by the professional staff to the Board of Directors of Cricket Scotland Holdings Limited ("CSHL"). This proposal covers both league and national cup competitions and will give a balance between regional and national club cricket. Four regional leagues, two in the west and two in the east will be enhanced by a larger national cup competition played initially in a group stage.
The Board of both CSHL and the trading company, Cricket Scotland Limited, are agreed that this new structure is in the best interests of the vast majority of former SNCL clubs, and of the future development of the game in Scotland. The new structure has been ratified by both Boards and will be implemented immediately and be in place for the start of the 2012 season.
A full paper showing the 2012 league and cup structure is available HERE
. The Competitions Management Group, who will manage the new league and cup competitions, met today and will start the process of confirming fixtures, rules and playing conditions in due course.
Andy Tennant, Chair of the Domestic Cricket Committee, stated ?It was clear throughout recent discussions that there were both strong views and a lack of consensus throughout our senior clubs. We have taken our time to look at all the options and talk further to our clubs and regional associations. In the end, Cricket Scotland have to do what we believe is right for the long term growth of our game and will implement a new structure next year. We firmly believe the new structure will enable clubs to plan effectively, grow their membership, keep players in the game for longer, and spend their resources on developing their entire club.