Vikram Solanki is dedicated to sustaining Surrey’s report of manufacturing “home-grown” gamers in his new position on the membership’s head coach.
Surrey have, in a technique or one other, provided six of the 30-man training squad which England named this week forward of the Check sequence towards West Indies. Whereas one (Dom Sibley) has moved on to Warwickshire and one other (Ben Foakes) got here from Essex, it does mirror Surrey’s exceptional contribution in the direction of the England sides in recent times.
Additional Surrey gamers – the likes of Jason Roy, Tom Curran and Will Jacks – might additionally come into the equation when England title a limited-overs squad, with former gamers reminiscent of Laurie Evans and Chris Jordan, additionally vying for choice. Reece Topley, who has just lately joined the membership, might additionally return to the limited-overs workforce.
And whereas Solanki, who was appointed as Michael di Venuto’s successor as head coach this week, was fast to credit score the contribution of Surrey’s academy director, Gareth Townsend, he instructed the membership’s total ethos and age-group system was liable for the variety of enjoying happening to characterize the membership’s first groups and England.
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“I’m firmly of the view that if you see an example of your peers progressing – like Ollie Pope, who has gone through the whole Surrey system – then it’s likely that if you’re presented with a similar opportunity you’ll see the path ahead. It’s often the case that a crop of youngsters come through together because one comes through and achieves something special and the others think ‘well, if he can, then I’ve every chance’.
“The work that Gareth has completed with the academy and the dedication in the direction of growing Surrey gamers and providing them alternatives to play within the first workforce bodes properly for producing England cricketers. It offers them the chance to point out how good they’re and to develop.
“But a lot of that must come from even prior to the work Gareth does. It comes from the age-group coach and the commitment to good programmes. Then there’s a transition to the academy, which is a fairly challenging environment, Gareth pushes those guys hard.
“It is not an automated conveyor belt. There is perhaps a interval the place just one or two undergo. However, by way of planning, you have to see the pipeline is maintained.”
Solanki’s words could equally apply to young cricketers from the BAME communities. But while he made it clear he would welcome his promotion, as the first head coach in county cricket from the British Asian communities, in “accelerating” the progress of people from a BAME background in every walk of lie, he insisted he had not encountered racism in his own career.
“Racism in any stroll of life is abhorrent,” he said. “I genuinely do really feel a way of remorse for anybody who has skilled that. I could not let you know why it is taken so lengthy to see a British Asian head coach.
“I, however, can only speak of my own experiences. I’ve been very lucky. At both clubs I’ve been involved with and in my time with England, it’s not been the case in my career
“Does being the primary British Asian head coach in county cricket carry added strain? I do not assume so. The truth that I am head coach of Surrey is enough strain. It is neither right here or there if I am profitable due to my background.
“There certainly is a great degree of movement throughout the world – not just in our sport, but in society in general – where there might be a shift [in attitudes]. Where people’s opinions are beginning to be heard. If that is the case, then great. Coming back to cricket specifically… I can only speak for my experiences. I think we have encouraged people from different backgrounds. I played with players from all backgrounds. I’ve coached players from all backgrounds.
“I suppose I ought to mood that by saying I admire that may not be the expertise for everybody else. However at Surrey, with the quite a few programmes to encourage involvement of individuals from completely different backgrounds, I contemplate it as one thing that is ongoing. If this accelerates all of these issues, then nice.”