The aim is to put the recommendations – which have been endorsed by the Governing Council and the Executive Board of the ECB – to a vote by the provincial presidents at the end of next month. Any vote would require the support of a two-thirds majority for the recommendations to pass.
It will almost certainly not be approved by all 18 provinces, amid fierce opposition from club members to the abolition of the four-day cricket championship, a revolt that could increase due to the corresponding reduction in Blast games.
As previously revealed by Telegraph Sport, the review also suggested a new domestic schedule that would mean the one-day cup competition will be played in April, the Blast from May, the Hundred in August and the Championship mainly in June, July and September, the first. months of summer, instead of early April and late September as it is now.
‘Impossible to keep everyone happy’
Strauss warned the provinces earlier this month that English cricket would face an exodus of talent unless domestic game reforms are passed, fearing players will turn their backs on the provinces and cash in on foreign Twenty20 competitions to make more money. earn by playing less. matches.
Unveiling the review’s final report, he said he was confident enough county presidents would vote for the recommended revamp, but admitted “it’s impossible to keep everyone absolutely happy.”
He added: “The game must be united if we are to achieve those ambitions and we must be open to change. The most consistent message we have received from players to fans and coaches has been that the status quo is not an option.
“I encourage people to consider our proposals as a package, and I welcome the opportunity for an informed debate on the recommended changes to men’s domestic structure.
“There are no easy answers to the domestic structure of men. The recommendations have prioritized a more coherent schedule that is more manageable for overworked players, coaches and ground staff, while providing the quality and quantity of cricket fans want to watch and that meets our high quality objectives. ”
Richard Thompson, President of the ECB, said: “The decision-making on the recommendations surrounding the domestic structure of men ultimately belongs to the first-class provinces. It is now right that they should be given time to digest those recommendations before consulting their members, employees and other stakeholders.
“We are aware of the challenges in many provinces regarding the reduction of red ball cricket in particular. These concerns have been taken into account and reflected in the recommendations. If there is a reduction in cricket volume for a sensible and workable schedule, And seeing the best players more often I think is a good trade-off, especially as it will increase England’s chances of success in the future.”
England at an international disadvantage
Data recently released by the ECB shows that English players play domestic cricket for 79 days, which is more than any other country and gives them less time to prepare and rest compared to other countries. It also leaves less time to prepare good pitches, which in turn makes the step to Test level more difficult.
The ECB’s data showed that averages for English batsmen drop significantly in Test cricket compared to county cricket, while for India, Australia and South Africa there is little difference in comparison. Averages for seamen are also much higher in Test cricket compared to county cricket as they are used to useful pitches in the Championship.
As revealed by the TelegraphThe comprehensive review also proposes the implementation of mobile ball tracking technology to help determine pitch penalties in an effort to encourage spinners and fast bowlers.
In a further effort to improve wickets, the review calls for a trial run of the Kookaburra ball in the County Championship.
And the review suggests that provinces are much better rewarded for producing English players, with the feeling among both premier provinces and the ECB that teams that produce players could be better incentivized.