CA chairman says controversial rotation policy here to stay

Updated: Feb 05, 2013, 13:23 PM IST

Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) chairman, Wally Edwards has said team’s controversial selections policies are here to stay, however, he admitted they need to be explained better to the fans.

Edwards said high performance manager Pat Howard, chairman of selectors John Inverarity and selector Rod Marsh explained their methods to the board on Monday and were given an unequivocal vote of confidence by the members.

Edwards and CA chief executive James Sutherland said cricket fans and the board alike were impatient for Australia to again become the world`s best team.

According to Edwards, in the 18 months since the high performance program was revamped in the wake of the Argus review, Australia has played 15 Tests for 10 wins, two defeats and three very creditable draws and had risen from five to three in the rankings.

Edwards said the contentious strategy for resting and rotating players informed player management as Inverarity has termed it was undoubtedly the way to go.

Edwards added if one looks at the elite world sport then it is clear that top performances can`t be had with people playing every day, adding with three formats and a very compacted schedule in world cricket now, it is just not possible.

The chairman said selecting players who were not necessarily as good as those being rested did not cheapen the cap.

Edwards, who played three Tests in the 1970s, said he sees the situation the other way round, adding there are so many good cricketers out there, and he a great believer they have the depth and skill sets.