England in deep trouble following ICC rule change
England are in deep trouble ahead of their mission to become double world champions by winning the ICC T20 World Cup later this year.
As the International Cricket Council (ICC) has limited official team personnel to 23 at major tournament, the English side now will have to slash their backroom staff.
The restrictions have already been come into force in the ICC Under-19 World Cup, and it will be seen during the T20 World Cup in Australia in October as well.
According to the new guidelines for category one events, a country will be able to select up to 15 players and eight off-field employes such as coachs, coaches, physiotherapists and analysts.
No other individuals will be accredited for tournaments, other than a team doctor, who can be on hand at an individual country’s expense.
England will be affected severely for this rule change, as they have so far been used to take a long list of support staff to the ICC events. Even during last summer’s march to their maiden World Cup title, they had registered 11 support staff plus Dr Mark Wotherspoon.
But apart from them, England also had psychologist David Young, wicketkeeping coach Bruce French, fielding coach Carl Hopkinson, spin bowling coach Saqlain Mushtaq and multi-media editor Greg Stobart travel with them regularly, taking the overall party number to 32.
It is understood that this new move is mainly in order to reduce logistical burden as well as bring about a cut down on expenses.