2009 County Cricket Championship

Yorkshire County Cricket Club: Why Are The White Rose So Poor?

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02:  Michael Vaughan of Yorks walks back in after being run out during day one of the LV County Championship match between Hampshire and Yorkshire at The Rose Bowl on May 2, 2007 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Mark BatemanCorrespondent IAugust 27, 2009

Yorkshire County Cricket Club are the most successful domestic cricket team in England, they have won the County Championship more than 30 times, most recently in 2001.

So good was Yorkshire's team, that in the late twentieth century, the county brought in a rule that you had to be born there to be able to play for the club—This rule was designed to give Yorkshire's rivals a chance to compete.

Those days are long gone and Yorkshire has become something of a joke in English cricket.

Since the team last won a domestic honour, the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy in 2002, they have been relegated to the second-tier of the County Championship and promoted again, but are regularly fighting for survival rather than the title.

This has left the Yorkshire membership understandably disappointed.

Yorkshire is a big club. They own their ground, Headingley Carnegie; have an operating budget which is far larger than most of their rivals and a team full of top names.

So why is the White Rose struggling? Why did it take them more than half of the season before they notched up their first win?

The problem at Yorkshire is as much to do with the poor management structure as it is the performances of the players.

Yorkshire Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, seems slow to react to a problem in team affairs, usually making changes in the off season.

Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon is a County Championship winner as both a player and a coach and yet the team he puts out often play to an unsatisfactory standard week in and week out.

And finally the players, Yorkshire’s squad are ageing and performances from key players have been awful to say the least.

Captain Anthony McGrath has been indifferent all season as has pace-bowler Deon Kruis.

The team's big names have also failed to produce on a regular basis, including South Africa batsman Jacques Rudolph and the not so prolific Rana Naved.

To improve next year Yorkshire must make radical changes.

The older players need to be axed such as McGrath. Rana Naved, the club's overseas player, must be sacrificed for a big hitting batsman like Australian Phil Jaques and the county's exciting youngsters need to be given their chance.

Moxon may also have to go in favour of the more ambitious former Yorkshire bowler Darren Gough or Aussie Legend Darren Lehman.

The White Rose must be bold if they are to return to the glory days of the past.

 

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