Meet Charlie Hemphrey … the English cricket star who can’t play in England despite being BORN here due to bizarre overseas cricket rules
- Charlie Hemphrey cannot play cricket in England, despite being born in the country
- Hemphrey, 31, now lives in Australia and is classified as a local player Down Under
- Under the cricket rules, Hemphrey cannot be a local player in two countries
Charlie Hemphrey should have played for Glamorgan against Yorkshire on Thursday in Headingley – less than an hour’s drive from his hometown of Doncaster.
But instead of lining up against the county of his birth, the 31-year-old will find himself on the other side of the world with his young family in Brisbane, a professional career now seemingly over after his attempt to finish it off in county cricket. was overrun by bureaucracy.
Despite being born here, living here permanently for the first 24 years of his life and only holding a UK passport, Hemphrey is not classified as England qualified and is therefore in the process of finalizing financial severance pay with Glamorgan on the basis of a contract that expired at the end of the season run out.
Charlie Hemphrey plays for Glamorgan, with whom he is now finalizing a financial severance package
The batsman of the highest order has fallen victim to regulations that do not allow individuals to be classified as local players in more than one country at the same time, although he gave up that status in Australia in 2019 when he became a foreign player at Queensland – with whom he made his first-class debut and won the Sheffield Shield – the three-year qualification period to be recognized as ‘English’ by the ECB has yet to expire.
Appeals from Glamorgan, the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the player himself before the governing body to exercise their discretion in this unusual case – Hemphrey got his break in Australian cricket after impressing in cricket for failing by to break with Kent – are fallen deaf ears.
Although eligible to play county cricket, Glamorgan indicated they would find it difficult to select him without a change to his status – counties benefit financially from including up to nine qualified cricketers in each XI and choosing Hemphrey next to the two foreign players. allowed this summer after Kolpak would cost the club an estimated £ 75,000 in central awards plus his salary.
Hemphrey plays for Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where he now lives with his family