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Lehmann didn't keep any homegrown players out of the team as Leaning wasn't doing his job well enough.I'm going to paraphrase. But, there are two ways foreign international players can get a County Contract.
1. Via the Work Permit route. The ECB allow each County one player for the Champo. That player must be an established Test Player, fulfilling specified criteria essentially based on playing a lot of recent international games.
2. Via the Kolpak route. The player must have played in some international games. But, not a lot & not recent. And must have quit international cricket.
That's the law/regulations. But, people do see the Kolpak route as a loophole.
But, YCCC have recently been exploiting another loophole - the English Passport. Neither Jake Lehmann nor Handscomb would qualify for a Work Permit under 1. And, they're not renouncing The Baggy Green. Although not qualified to play for England, they hold English Passports.
Again, nothing wrong with that - it's the law/regulations.
I've always felt that overseas, quality, international players enrich the County game. And, (despite supporting a predominantly Yorkie born/nurtured only policy) I'm very comfortable that YCCC have had Overseas Gunslingers. However.....
I didn't like the Lehmann thing - an overseas, non capped, yet to make his way player keeping a YCCC nurtured player out of the team. Me no likee. At least Handscomb has played Test Cricket. Not enough to get him a work permit under normal circumstances. His flag of convenience passport has done that.