There are only two teams in Australia that get to genuinely select their teams, and that's the Australian Men's and Women's teams.
Everyone else is dealing with a myriad of issues from holidays, weddings, injuries and modern day life, at every level of the game.
When it comes to selections, there are some common mistakes made, but never fear, here's some strategies for you to try.
Mistake #1 - no clearly defined selection policy
Yep, this is more common than you would imagine.
Get yourself a selection policy, and stick to it. This is surprisingly very simple and ensures selections are done in a clearly defined manner (and is a very simple way to diffuse any arguments!).
Mistake #2 - lack of communication
If someone gets dropped, let them know why and what they need to do to get back up. Don't fluff it up, be honest.
If someone gets promoted, make sure they know their role.
Mistake #3 - lack of impartiality
This one is a killer.
Cricket is a stats and results driven game, and if you keep selecting your best mate in front of the kid smashing hundreds or taking tonnes of wickets, then you are heading down a slippery slope.
Ensure your selection committee is balanced and impartial, and has the selection policy firmly in hand. Impartiality is tough, but if you look purely at numbers it is not that difficult. Sure, there's sometimes more to a player, but at the end of the day, runs and wickets are currency!
If you want some help developing a selection policy for your club, or would like us to review your existing policy to make sure it's up to date and makes sense, please get in touch as we'd be happy to help.