Critchley awarded ECB Overseas Placement

Thursday 5th October 2017
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Written by Danny Painter

Matt Critchley has been selected as one of eight players to be awarded an Overseas Placement this winter, as part of the ECB’s men’s International Pathway set up.

It is the second time the leg spinner will undertake a placement in Sydney as part of the International Pathway, after impressing last year under the stewardship of former Australia spinner, Stuart MacGill.

The 21-year-old is one of four heading to Sydney, alongside Surrey’s wicketkeeper-batsman Ollie Pope; Delray Rawlins, the Sussex all-rounder; and fellow leg spinner Matthew Parkinson of Lancashire.

All four will play club cricket in the New South Wales Premier competition, in addition to practising with the New South Wales State squad and receiving specialist coaching, again from MacGill, who is part of the New South Wales coaching staff.

Critchley enjoyed a good campaign with Derbyshire this summer, hitting 266 runs in the Specsavers County Championship, at an average of 38 with a top-score of 102 against Durham at Chesterfield. The powerful all-rounder also hit 245 runs in the Club’s record NatWest T20 Blast campaign.

David Parsons, the ECB’s Performance Director, explained: “By exposing talented young players to an unsupported, unstructured cricket programme in a challenging overseas environment, the aim of Overseas Placements is to develop the skills and also independence required to be a successful international cricketer.”

Overseas Placements: Matt Critchley (Derbyshire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Delray Rawlins (Sussex) – Sydney; Jack Burnham (Durham), Max Holden (Middlesex) – Perth; Andrew Salter (Glamorgan), Brad Taylor (Hampshire) – Wellington.

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