CA Board Approves Eligibility Changes

Cricket Australia has endorsed new rules to widen its talent pool
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Cricket Australia's Board has endorsed changes which are designed to increase the talent pool available to domestic teams and the international side.

Australian players with dual passports will now be allowed to play as local players in more than one domestic competition.

The most high-profile beneficiary of the rule change could be Middlesex's in-form opening batsman Sam Robson, who is currently playing county cricket using his British passport, which would previously have precluded him from playing as a local player in Australian domestic cricket.

The new eligibility rules would allow Robson to be able to play in both county cricket and domestic cricket in Australia without having to be classed as an overseas cricketer.

"CA wants as many quality cricketers playing in its domestic competitions as possible," a statement from the board read.

"These changes will allow Australian players with dual passports to play first-class cricket in more than one country. A number of Australian-qualified cricketers currently playing in ECB competitions in particular are doing so as a local player, meaning if they play in Australia during the summer they need to do so as an overseas player to retain their ECB eligibility.
"However, CA’s current overseas player definition prevents someone born in Australia, or holding a valid Australian passport, from qualifying to play here as an overseas player.

"Changes approved today will ensure state associations and BBL teams will be able recruit Australian players without them having to give up their eligibility to play overseas as a local player. It will remove the burden on these players to choose which domestic competition to play in."

The changes were endorsed at at CA Board of Directors meeting in Melbourne.

Australia are currently on a run of eight Test matches without a victory, culminating in an Ashes defeat to England as they lost the most recent match at Chester-le-Street by 74 runs.

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