Less Games in County Championship

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    smhbcfc Well-Known Member

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    The County Championship looks set to be curtailed so that more emphasis can be placed on the limited-overs game with the ECB having agreed in principle to cut the number of games played by each team a season.
    Emphasis will be placed instead on the financial potential of Twenty20 cricket and the desire to promote the 50-over game ahead of England's staging of the 2019 World Cup.
    In a bid to ease fixture congestion and improve the value of the domestic T20 tournament, in particular, the ECB is attempting to devise a schedule where counties play just 12 Championship matches per season. At present they play 16.

    What do we think - good or bad?
     
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    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided that there will be no major structural changes to next summer's programme of domestic cricket.
     
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    Plans for the county season to start overseas are back on the table as the ECB looks to find a solution to fixture congestion in the domestic season.
    With the ECB's plans to reduce the County Championship schedule to 14 games per side abandoned for at least another year and clearly unacceptable to several counties, further options will now be considered. And one of those plans, favoured by Sussex among others, is to move part of the domestic programme into March and play the games overseas. Possible destinations include Spain, the UAE, South Africa and various Caribbean nations.
     
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    The ECB has confirmed plans for a restructured county schedule from the start of the 2017 season.
    The County Championship programme will shrink by two games per county to 14 matches a season, with the domestic T20 competition played in a block in July and August. The 50-over competition will be contested in April and May with a final at Lord's in July.
    The ECB believes the changes will allow players a little more time for rest and practice, as well as meeting their request to schedule the varying formats in blocks to allow concentration upon specific skills.
     
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