The Dilemmas of Squad Selection: An Auto-ethnographic Study of Micro-politics in Representative Cricket
Eccleshare, James W.E.
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This research builds upon current sociological studies in the field of sports coaching, examining the topic of team selection from beyond the mechanics of picking a team via use of a micro-political gaze. Specifically, this paper utilises auto-ethnographic methodologies to map out the complexity of both the situation and the theoretical aspects of selection. By optimising an inside out approach, the investigation utilises data drawn from a cricket coaches training diary and emails throughout the course of the summer season. Here, the sources of the selection dilemmas were evaluated, leading reflections back to the personal nature by which selection takes place and the subsequent endemic vulnerabilities of these roles from a lack of clear theoretical base and protocol. Opposite to social expectations of how coaches are thought to be, the hidden character traits of fear and paranoia are depicted. Where greater acknowledge is drawn towards the importance of the social context that is coaching. Where the use of micro-political literacy and strategic action are utilised to achieve desired aims and secure support and buy-in of influential stakeholders. Becoming a necessary process for coaches to conduct their affairs of management, protect their image, overcome the endemic fears of informing players of their non-selection, ensuring buy-in and secure the support of influential power brokers, behind the image of the greater good.
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