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Gloucestershire braced for challenging year

Gloucestershire coach John Bracewell
Bracewell was coach of New Zealand between 2005 and 2008

Gloucestershire are set to play the 2011 County Championship without an overseas player because of financial restrictions at Nevil Road.

The county have just £40,000 to spend - well short of the £100,000 director of cricket John Bracewell needs to fund an overseas player for the whole season.

"What we've got is pretty much what we've got," Bracewell told BBC Sport.

The New Zealander plans to bring in an overseas player for the Twenty20 campaign to help develop a young side.

"We have a type of player in mind rather than a man," said Bracewell, who wants to follow the example set byT20 champions Hampshire who relied heavily on former England international Dominic Cork last season and Australian legend Shane Warne before him.

"They both followed a very similar leadership style and that's the type of personality that we'd be looking for. He does not necessarily have to be the world's best, but he has to be one of those people who brings enthusiasm and optimism to that form of the game.

"With the young guys they're impressionable, they can be taken forward and they can also be fearless and if you get the right person to lead by example the Twenty20 competition is one of those competition's that can do it.

"At times we folded and we didn't deal with the resilience of the competition.

T20's an entertainment spectacle - it's not necessarily a development one

John Bracewell

"Getting back at two o'clock in the morning and playing Somerset the following day and not really fronting hard enough is something that we need to deal with."

Gloucestershire operated at a loss in 2010 and will do so again in the coming season despite the departure of a raft of first-team players leaving Bracewell to "only spend what I can afford."

With an overseas player costing upwards of £100,000 for a full season, the short-term option is the only one open to Bracewell and means he will alter the targets at a club which will depend predominantly on a younger squad.

They have already lost seamers Anthony Ireland, Steve Kirby and Gemaal Hussain, with Steven Snell, Kadeer Ali, Rob Woodman and William Porterfield also heading for the exit.

And BBC Sport understands New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin is expected to join the exodus and link up with Lancashire.

But despite the departures Bracewell is confident of providing a more entertaining spectacle in T20 for Gloucestershire supporters while also getting his charges to develop the capacity to "win ugly" and prove their mettle in longer forms of the game, despite being in the "section from hell" in the CB40.

"That's going to be fairly ruthless and a big test on our younger players," he said of the draw that saw them grouped with local rivals and last season's finalists Somerset, losing semi-finalists Essex and and perennial trophy challengers Nottinghamshire and Lancashire.

"But I think if we learn to win ugly in four-day cricket and be far more resilient in the way we go about that our young guys can't do any worse than our senior players have done, because they haven't got us promoted and they have to face the reality of that."



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