WORCESTERSHIRE chairman Fanos Hira says counties need to be “properly remunerated” if players they have developed move to other clubs.

Hira has been part of the England and Wales Cricket Board committee looking at introducing a development compensation payment scheme which is set to come into force from 2020.

Worcestershire have brought through more home talent into their first team than many counties with often eight or nine players appearing at the same time.

While Hira stressed the County “don’t want people to leave” and want to attract talent to Blackfinch New Road, he believes it is only right any county should be remunerated in those circumstances.

He said: “One of the things in the past, when we’ve perhaps not paid players enough or not invested in player welfare and all the other issues that cause people to leave, is that we’ve developed talent and they’ve moved on.

“We don’t want people to leave. We want to attract talent. However, if people leave we need to be properly remunerated for the significant efforts we have put into developing talent through our pathways and academies.

“One of the ECB committees I’ve sat on has been looking at a development compensation payments scheme.

“The recommendations, while approved, have yet to be formally implemented but it seems that our interests ought to be better protected going forward.

“At the very least there seems to be genuine recognition that those counties who produce England-qualified players as well as we do ought to be properly remunerated through a compensation system should players move on.

“We would expect this to be implemented in time for the 2020 season.”

Hira highlighted the sterling work of Worcestershire CEO Matt Rawnsley in ensuring the County are well represented regarding the new 100 Ball competition from 2020 onwards.

He said: “It’s been a very intense period of debate with the ECB and Matt has spent a phenomenal amount of his time working on this new ball competition.

“He has been making sure we are represented adequately not just in collaboration with Warwickshire for the new competition but also on specific work streams focused on player welfare and medical provision.”

Hira said Worcestershire’s board had given their support to the new competition on the understanding that independent coaches will run the team Worcestershire will be involved with.

He said: “I want you to know our position quite categorically is that you must have independent coaches to run the new competition that we are involved with (alongside Warwickshire).

"We know following ongoing discussions that Warwickshire completely support independence too.

“There will be independent coaches, rest assured. We have got powers of veto and have worked very hard to make sure that exists.

"Our team in The Hundred is a very exciting opportunity for cricket in this region and we are confident that our partnership with Warwickshire in assembling this team will be successful and bring more people into the game."

Hira added: “Since I became chairman I’ve spent a lot of time with key figures at the ECB and my initial view is that I am supportive and I genuinely think the majority of people are.

“But I’ve made it clear to all the powers that be in one-to-one meetings that the premise to our support is that we will be treated equitably and our interests maintained, if not improved.”

Meanwhile, Rawnsley feels Wayne Parnell’s “big game experience” will be of immense value to Worcestershire during the next three years after he linked up with the County for the 2019 campaign.

Parnell put pen to paper as a Kolpak signing following an initial spell at the club during the second half of last season.

He has been training hard this week with the squad ahead of tomorrow's start of a three-day encounter with Cambridge University at Fenners.

Rawnsley said: “Wayne comes with a wealth of experience and we want really good bench strength within the squad.

"He is a very diverse player who can play all formats of the game.

“His primary role in the team is to bowl but he can also bat in various different places in the order and brings that big game experience that last year saw us through some of those matches.

“To have a commitment from both sides, him and us, for three years is a great asset for us.”

Parnell has been in action in the Afghanistan Premier League, the Sharjah T10 League, the Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League since ending his first spell at Blackfinch New Road.

It is the kind of diverse experience that Rawnsley would welcome for any of the County squad as part of their cricketing education.

He said: “We are also very keen for Wayne to continue to get his off-season experiences in the various competitions like the Pakistan Super League and others around the world.

“It means he stays fresh and up to date with the technical advances within the game and whenever we can give experience to our players in different areas of the world it is great for us they go away, learn and come back with the benefits from playing in them.”

Worcestershire 2019 overseas signing Martin Guptill has climbed into the top 10 of the latest ODI rankings released by the ICC.

The County’s Vitality Blast capture has rocketed up 10 places in the past month into ninth spot.

Guptill has amassed 750 points with the help of back-to-back centuries for New Zealand against Bangladesh.

He has also moved up one position to 13th in the ICC T20I rankings during the same period with 650 points.

Guptill is available for 11 out of 14 Vitality Blast group games this summer plus any quarter-final or finals day if holders Rapids qualify.

His century against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road in the competition last summer off 35 balls was the quickest of the domestic summer.

Guptill is a member of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad in the Indian Premier League.

Moeen Ali scored 18 not out from nine balls and bowled one over for 14 runs as his side Royal Challengers Bangalore went down by seven wickets to Rajasthan Royals in the IPL in Jaipur.