Lewis Gregory and Tim Groenewald are among the eight players who will be invited to play in the new North v South series in the United Arab Emirates next March.
They have earned selection for the three-match North v South series as the top four England-qualified players in each region in this season’s Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player Rankings.
Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson, who made his T20 International debut against Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl earlier this season, topped the Royal London One Day Cup PCA MVP Rankings with 128 points, two ahead of Graeme White. Dawson and White were the leading spinners in each group.
Matt Coles finished third on 122 points, nine ahead of Glamorgan’s South African all-rounder Colin Ingram who was ineligible for selection for the North v South series.
All-rounder Gregory took fifth place, closely followed by Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer Gurney, Yorkshire all-rounder Bresnan and Duckett with seamer Groenewald, who finished 17th in the rankings table, taking the fourth and final place from the South.
Gregory’s points included 36 against Essex where he took four for 23 with a miserly economy rate of 3.83.
Groenewald, who was born and raised in South Africa but who has lived in England for 12 years, had two match hauls of 20 or more PCA MVP points against Essex in June and Sussex last Sunday.
“I had been following the MVP for the last few games when I realised I was in the mix and it put a bit more on the games we had left,” Groenewald said.
“I’m really happy to be involved in something like this particularly with it being the first one and it should be a really good tournament.
“It’s brilliant how the system has worked giving an incentive from guys outside the England set up to work for.
“When I came over I was 20 and I had a whole career ahead of me and playing for England was definitely in my thoughts. I am 32 now and while it’s unlikely that I will play for England, especially with all the young talent around, this is probably the next best thing to playing for England.
“I am sure there will be some really good players out there, players who will be playing in the next World Cup so it’s brilliant to be involved in this tournament.”
The PCA and the England and Wales Cricket Board’s National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough have worked closely to enhance the PCA MVP formula which was first introduced in 2007.
The PCA MVP Rankings system identifies the match-winners and key influencers of matches by using a formula that measures each player’s total contribution by taking into account conditions, quality of opposition, captaincy, strike rates as well as runs scored and wickets taken.
The remaining players in the North v South series will be chosen by the England selectors who will be thinking about the strategic needs of the England team in the build-up to the 2019 World Cup.
The Royal London One Day Cup PCA MVP Rankings can be viewed here: www.thepca.co.uk/competition-rankings.html?comp_format=50OVER