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21st October 2012
New Chief Scout At Surrey CCC - Martin Bicknell
Surrey CCC have changed their approach on recruiting new players for the future by creating a brand new Chief Scout position for the 2013 season.
Former England & Surrey seamer Martin Bicknell has taken the job, which will see the 43-year old scour the country for the best un-tapped talent in club and school cricket.
Team Director Chris Adams told the Surrey club website that he feels scouting in cricket is an area that the sport could improve on: “Establishing a widespread scouting network is something that is done as matter of course in almost every other professional sport. Cricket is currently lagging far behind in this area and I am keen that Martin develops his role quickly and effectively.”
Promising players will be invited to the Surrey for trials – and where possible Second XI cricket – before being integrated into the club’s existing system at the appropriate level.
The role could even see Bicknell scouting outside of the UK in the search for hidden talent.
Bicknell will combine the role with his current job as head of cricket at Charterhouse School.
Adams feels a successful scouting system could only improve an already proven youth system at Surrey: “We currently have twenty players in our professional squad – with eleven of them coming through the club’s youth system. This proves we have a very effective programme in place once we have identified the right players but by looking further afield we will be able to push the boundaries to complement our existing structures.”