Warwickshire coach Ashley Giles’s recent comments on the Kolpak issue in cricket have been attacked by David Smith, Leicestershire's chief executive.
Giles said last week described the influx of foreigners into the English county game as “a serious problem which will only get worse”.
He added. “It’s become more obvious to me since taking this coaching job. We’ve let this situation creep up on us so that it has reached ridiculous proportions.
“As an England selector, I sometimes think: ‘Who am I supposed to be looking at here?’ It’s dangerous for our game and I think it has gone too far already.”
But Smith, a former Warwickshire batsman and committee member during the glorious mid-90s, was unimpressed by these comments.
Smith, who has five Kolpak players on the staff at Grace Road, believes that their influence will raise the standard of county cricket and help young players learn.
“I have to question the hypocrisy of Ashley Giles,” he said. “Warwickshire have Jonathan Trott, Ant Botha, Tim Groenewald, Monde Zondeki and Neil Carter all born in South Africa. How many of them will play for England?
"Tim Ambrose was born in Australia and [they have] a South African coach in Allan Donald. Is that supporting young, English players?
“It’s only a couple of months since they tried to sign Shaun Pollock as a Kolpak and they’d have Vaughn van Jaarsveld in the squad if he hadn’t changed his mind.
“On top of that it’s well known that Warwickshire have approached a number of clubs on the 28 day ruling. That must be a massive confidence boost to the current players.
“I would suggest Ashley focus on the huge job he has to do at Warwickshire rather that tell other counties how to run their businesses. I notice they are not in the Friends Provident quarter-finals.
“Warwickshire have been naive in letting him become an England selector. He has a massive job at Edgbaston that should be occupying all his time and besides, it’s clearly a conflict of interest.
“We will not play more than four Kolpak players in any side and we will have at least five players representing Leicestershire by 2012 that have developed through the system. I will be judged by that.”