Charlie, I was not responding to how the team was selected this year at all. I was trying to simple list why I disagreed with the original post. (For the record-great original post, we need people think outside of the box and being creative in helping find solutions!). Honestly I think due to cultures and the market differences in polo in the top countries, our young or middle to lower rated players have different opportunities and goals than our competitors from other areas. So taking those dynamics into account is crucial. And if we want to field a winning team, it boils down to one thing in my mind-money.
I am not saying an open checkbook is the answer or is needed. But when you don’t have time to play together prior, how do you expect to win? Remember our trip to England? We had three great players, but zero prep time to work together in advance and grow as a team, which is crucial. Why does almost every major tournament in the world have two preliminary tournaments in advance of it? Top give the collection of professional player’s time to gel as a team and work out their kinks.
Funding is a must from some source IF we truly want to compete. And if not, that is ok to send the best available with the best intentions and hope for the best. We just shouldn’t be surprised at the outcome.