This is an excellent article and a very worthy project that should be shared with all cricket coaches. Encouraging players to play other sports can only help them to develop the all round mental and physical skills needed to become a top cricketer. I know form experience that team mates and opponents who played any of the football codes were often far tougher opponents than those who had only played cricket. The type of sport also doesn’t matter: Graham Onions was an England U-18 badminton player.
Sadly, the days of the dual international appear to have gone for ever. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this project resulted in modern day Denis Compton’s, Jeff Wilson’s, Brisbane Grammar School legend Otto Nothling or another MJK Smith of England.
The nearest comparison I can think of in more recent times is Rob Andrew and Simon Halliday who played in the 1991 rugby World cup Final for England and also scored first class centuries for their respective universities, while I.T Botham famously turned out for Scunthorpe United.