Nic Pothas: Ex-Guernsey boss says island 'crying out' for professional cricketer

Matt Stokes
Matt Stokes has previously spent time with Sussex and Hampshire

Former Guernsey director of cricket Nic Pothas says the island needs to produce a professional to inspire the next generation of players.

Three players, including Matt Stokes, have joined him at Leicestershire, where he is academy director.

South African Pothas thinks youngsters need to leave the island if they are to progress in the sport.

He said: "A Guernsey cricketer is two years behind where an English cricketer would be, purely because of exposure."

Pothas added to BBC Radio Guernsey: "I think if you stay in Guernsey and just play in Guernsey, with all respect, it's very hard to move forward.

"I think it's crying out for someone to move into the pro ranks and I think that'll also be a big shot in the arm for kids on the island to be able to see someone who actually plays cricket as a career."

Opener Stokes, 20, won player of the tournament as Guernsey finished third in World League Five last week.

He will join up with Leicestershire's second team later this month, while fellow Sarnians Will Fazakerley and Tom Nightingale will link up with the county side's academy.

"Stokesy's just a class act - he's got an immeasurable amount of skill and ability, he's an athlete and it's just a case of putting some meat on the bones," Pothas said.

"The problem we have in Guernsey, which is something we can't resolve, is the fact that you've only got two cricket fields, so you know the conditions.

"It's just a case of opening up a pathway so kids in Guernsey can actually see that if they do the right things there actually is an outlet for you to become a professional cricketer."

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