Gday MS - jj
Some time ago I posted a lengthy note on how cricket should be restructured.
Not that I think it will ever be done.
The guts of it was that it should take after the rugby codes.
That is there are no Australian contracted players by the ACB.
Players are retained by their clubs & paid by same, with recompense from the ACB.
For any international match, players are selected from their clubs, into an international
squad under the international coach.
This avoids the ludicrous situation that happens where a contracted player is paid but
plays very few games such as Agar.
The overall idea was to bolster state teams, put Shield games back on the map
& have a flow on effect all the way down to junior cricket.
It also acknowledged the part that the shorter forms of the game, love them or hate them
are now an integral part of attracting players to the game.
I'll leave at that for now, but you are correct in raising the issue