I am pleased to say that the preliminary entry procedure we introduced some year ago has produced dividends this year in that it has already identified two counties who feel they are unable to raise a team for next years event. As I am sure you will all agree we want to continue with the divisional, 22 team format, knowing our problems this early allows plenty of time to make alternative arrangements. I would like to thank both Northumberland and Devon for letting us know at this stage.
Our first thoughts are of course to run a CA Select team as there are many in the country who feel this team should have a regular place for players who live or play in counties without a team or players in exceptionally strong counties who cannot quite make the grade for their county. We could of course consider a second CA Select but already there have been several suggestions that .due to relocation of some players, there may be possibilities of some counties coming back into the fray. We would also remind players that the conditions allow entry from dual counties where there are insufficient players in a single county. This situation this year is exactly what was envisaged when dual counties were included in the conditions. The AC Tournament Committee feel that any dual entries should be from adjacent counties.
As it will take time to sort out new combinations, the last two places will not be awarded until the Feb meeting of the AC Tournament Committee. Any suggestions for replacement teams should therefore be made by 18 January 2010. The proposal should be made to the CA Office with a copy to myself please. To be given consideration the proposal must contain the names of players who to the best of their knowledge will be available for the event. In the mean time I would ask all players who would like to be considered for a place in the CA Select team, if it is formed for the 2010 event, to please get in touch with me directly.
Director AC Inter Counties Championship