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Letter: Worst season since 1949.


Dear Editor, I have read George Dobell's articles over the last two days and feel he has made exactly the points that I have heard at Edgbaston over the last two days.

I first saw Warwickshire from my pram in 1949, and have watched them whenever I have had the opportunity through my working career, despite a great deal of travel and living eighty miles away. I greatly looked forward to my retirement so that I could watch a lot more cricket, but this has been the least enjoyable season I have ever had.

The weather hasn't helped, but the standard of cricket at Edgbaston has been deplorable - and it has worsened as the season has continued.

There are clearly many reasons for this, though we can only speculate on some. The signing of foreign players seems to have been haphazard and very short term. I am sure that Warwickshire supporters would far rather see a committed player for a full season than the comings and goings of this season. Plans were hampered by Love's injury and Ashley Giles's retirement, but why have we not seen Dougie Brown at all this season?

There has never been a more whole-hearted Warwickshire servant, and he would surely have been more successful than his replacements.

He would also have given the team the enthusiasm it clearly lacked on Friday - heads were down, there was no banter, and there seemed to be no interest.

Just what has the dressing room atmosphere been like this season? We heard enough about it last year, and perhaps this was the cause of the departure of Mark Wagh and Moeen Ali. Who will we lose this year? Where are our emerging players and will they be given a chance?

The comments in Saturday's article on the ground also rings true. There are many areas that need attention - toilets with broken soap holders, signs that need cleaning, steps that need painting, and a perimeter road than needs resurfacing.

I'll not get to see any more cricket this season and to a large degree I am not unhappy. I am sad that I really don't want to see any more, but the thought of sitting at an empty Edgbaston watching a half-hearted display, and listening to the groans of the supporters, is not something I shall miss.

What are the solutions? I think that they have already been mentioned in regards to changing the management team, but bringing in a player for next season that we will see for the whole season, signing other county prospects, and continuing to show faith in our own local talent must be considered.

So, too, should the competitions. When there has been a county game at weekends the crowds have been far greater, and the atmosphere far better. Why are we stuck with the Pro40 when a 50-over competition would be far more productive?

And please let us have the return of a knockout competition.

I do hope that I shall be able to look forward to next season with more optimism.



Dougie Brown
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 20, 2007
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