Adams wants maximum exposure
Chris Adams has challenged England’s Hong Kong Sixes squad to make headlines when they compete in the six-a-side tournament at the end of the month.
Surrey’s professional cricket manager has been chosen to oversee a party led by Surrey skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown for a second straight year.
Rikki Clarke, Josh Cobb, Chris Read, Tom Smith, Darren Stevens and Peter Trego are the other members for the competition at Kowloon Cricket Club from October 28-30.
Adams told ecb.co.uk: “The squad that’s been selected is a blend of experienced players who have been so close to getting international call-ups but perhaps not made it and also young players who have been identified as potential.
“And again, the performances they can put in out in Hong Kong will certainly carry weight in terms of long-term judgement.
“I’ve spoken to every player and congratulated them and said that this tournament is one that if you win it it becomes newsworthy and also those that perform well become newsworthy. If you don’t, you sort of pale into insignificance and everybody forgets about it.
“The challenge has to be nothing less than to go and win the tournament and for those players to show what power they’ve got, the ability they’ve got and what belief they’ve got of that form of the game. If they do well there, who knows where that will take them?”
“I always enjoyed the opportunity to work with new players and some of the players are very exciting: Peter Trego, I’ve been watching him play in the Champions League at the moment and he’s a superb player; Tom Smith from Lancashire, somebody that I’ve played against,” he added.
“These guys, they’re all very, very good players and have great potential. A little tournament like this, if it goes well and is successful, that can be the start and the ignition of a longer career in terms of international cricket. It has to be a great opportunity for them.”