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Changes are needed

June 24 2017 at 1:59 PM

WRF  (Premier Login AlexRoberts)
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Whether or not one's primary allegiance is with Yorkshire or England (or both?), the ECB's wonky scheduling and often seemingly random decisions as to who can play for their county and who can't is very destablizing for the competitive integrity and flow of the county game . And could even be viewed as being contemptuous of county cricket supporters. (Last season's championship decider between Yorkshire and Middlesex being a case in point.) Surely, there must be a better way to do things than the random chaos that prevails at the moment.

Perhaps a cap on the number of call-ups at any one time, or a more coherent fixture list with less England-county overlap is in order. And this nonsensical policy of parachuting players in and out of matches in progress has to go.

And yes, while we all appreciate that the County Championship would probably not exist without ECB funding, surely the current situation can be improved.

Suggestions, please.

Alex
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Seadog73
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Re: Changes are needed

June 24 2017, 2:12 PM 

A cap on call ups amounts to a quota system so you can forget that. Players would be queuing to leave Yorkshire to givee themselves a chance of progressing to the next level.

 
 
Stu
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Re: Changes are needed

June 24 2017, 2:29 PM 

With sensible scheduling, and with all 18 CC sides playing every round of matches, there would be no need for the clashes that have occurred already twice this season. 14 weeks for the CC, 3 for a blocked 50 over comp, and 4 for the blocked t20 comp, leaving at least 3 weeks, probably more, for the Lions matches (assuming an April till September season). They could be played in those three weeks, without impacting on the county program and they could select from all 18 county sides.

 
 
marsker
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Re: Changes are needed

June 24 2017, 2:30 PM 

Parachuting players in and out is not ideal, but if we get to see players for part of the game,it is better than not seeing them at all.

 
 
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Re: Changes are needed

June 24 2017, 2:40 PM 

I agree that change is needed as the present dispensation is bringing the whole of professional cricket administration into disrepute.

It should not be beyond the whit of the ECB to construct a better schedule. If it is beyond its current capability, then it needs to look to appoint staff who are capable of drawing up what is, in fact, a relatively straight-forward timetable.

 
 
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Re: Changes are needed

June 24 2017, 4:34 PM 

They always know the touring sides for the following summer, along with the dates and venues almost a year in advance. The 50 over comp is the same teams in the same groups every year, as is the T20 comp and both comps are blocked. They could get all the England matches, England Lions matches, ODI`s, the whole of the 50 comp and T20 fixtures, including the quarter, semi & Final dates done by September each year for the following season. All they would then need to do in September is slot 14 weeks of CC fixtures in alongside them and ensure there are no clashes. It`s not rocket science!!

The simple principle should be "lets not disrupt the domestic season to much", but its almost as if the ECB take the opposite viewpoint.

 
 
 
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