Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington has criticised the playing of England Lions matches during the domestic season.
Codrington believes that Middlesex pair Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan, for example, should not be representing the Lions in a four-day game against the touring Sri Lankans at Derby this week – but should instead be playing County Championship cricket.
Middlesex slumped to 150 all out on the first day of their second division Championship match against Glamorgan at Lord’s, and then saw the Welsh county top 500 in tneir own first innings to move into a match-winning position.
Codrington’s club had previously enjoyed a fine start to the season, especially in the Championship. They began the match against Glamorgan in second place in the Division Two table, 13 points ahead of the Welsh county, who were fourth.
“I am all for players with the ability to play for England in the future going on Lions tours in the off-season, but I am against the Lions playing in our season,” said Codrington. “What can the selectors possibly gain by seeing them now? County cricket is highly competitive, and players and staff have worked incredibly hard during the winter, all geared towards trying to win our division.
“While Middlesex have been hugely supportive of Team England, I think this situation is currently unfair on the county, the members and the spectators here at Lord’s.
“Why are Finn and Morgan playing in a meaningless match when we have a division to win? It is not as if the England selectors and management don’t know the character and ability of our two lads – they were both part of the Ashes-winning squad!”