Format change worries Bulls coach
STAURT Law captained the Queensland Bulls to the 1998 one-day title. His quest to coach his beloved state to domestic glory starts at Sydney's Bankstown Oval today.
The Queenslanders take on the Western Warriors in the Bulls' opening Ryobi Cup game of the season, the first of six games in only 12 days for Law's charges, the defending champions, in the inaugural revamped version of the former season-long competition.
Every game played will be in Sydney, including the final on October 27.
It makes for a hectic schedule, and one Law believes is far from ideal.
"Mate, I don't understand why it was changed from its original format to be honest," said Law, who took over from now Australian coach Darren Lehmann in August.
"To play so many games in such a short time-frame has the potential to take its toll on players before the season really gets started.
"I'd hate to see someone break down because of it."
With that in mind, Law said it was important that the workload was spread out and that's why players such as former Australian one-day batsman Peter Forrest, hard-hitting opener Luke Pomersbach, star Test paceman Ryan Harris and fellow quicks Alister McDermott and Cameron Gannon were left out of his initial 13-man squad.
"There was no point taking those blokes in an extended squad because there are no facilities down there for them to train, or have them hanging around doing nothing at this stage of the season," said Law, who played one Test and 54 ODIs for Australia.
"I'd rather have them all scoring runs or taking
wickets in club games this weekend, and training together today - besides, with the amount of cricket to be played we will need them at some stage.
"We can add and replace players in the squad when we choose so I have no doubt they will get a run."
The Warriors squad includes veteran batsman Simon Katich for the first time since 2002 when he left to join NSW, and Shaun Marsh, despite the opener suffering a hamstring injury while with the Australian ODI team in England last month.
Michael Beer will captain the side in the absence of Adam Voges, who, along with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Johnson, are on national duty in India.
Away from the one-day arena, Law said he was pleased to see controversial umpiring technology Hot Spot had been dumped for the return Ashes series starting in Brisbane on November 21.
"Umpires make decisions and players have to accept the umpire's decision," Law said.
"(It's) a great thing."
- Joe Burns,
- Ben Cutting,
- Luke Feldman,
- Jason Floros,
- Matthew Gale,
- Chris Hartley,
- Nathan Hauritz,
- James Hopes (captain),
- Chris Lynn,
- Greg Moller,
- Michael Neser,
- Nathan Reardon,
- Usman Khawaja.